Friday, the NCAA announced plans for San Antonio and surrounding areas to host the entire NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
The tournament is set to take place from March 21 through April 4 with the Alamodome scheduled to host the Final Four and national championship.
“We’re fortunate to be working with San Antonio, which features one of the most experienced local organizing committees in the country, and our No. 1 priority is to focus on creating and implementing safety controls in an environment for student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and everyone else associated with the championship," said Lynn Holzman, NCAA vice president of women’s basketball, in the announcement.
The plan is for five venues and six courts in San Antonio, Austin and San Marcos to be used for the event.
First round games will be played using the Alamodome, St. Mary's Bill Greehey Arena, the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, the University Events Center at Texas State and UTSA's Convocation Center. Second-round play will be held entirely in San Antonio using St. Mary's, UTSA and the Alamodome. And the last rounds will be played inside the Alamodome.
Diamond Health will be in charge of coordinating safety health protocols including COVID-19 testing for players, coaches and officials.
No decision on fan attendance has been yet at this time.
“San Antonio was already poised to successfully host the NCAA Women’s Final Four this year, but to bring all 64 teams in this prestigious championship tournament to our city is a remarkable opportunity for our event and hospitality industry,” added San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “I can assure the NCAA and the teams we will deliver the best, safest and most memorable experience possible.”
The announcement came after the NCAA revealed that the men's tournament would be entirely in the Indianapolis area.