The NCAA on Monday named the Alamodome as the site for the 2029 women’s Final Four, marking the fourth time San Antonio will play host to the event.
After weighing bids from interested cities, the NCAA announced the sites selected for the women’s basketball semifinals and final for 2027 through 2031 on Monday. San Antonio is already preparing for the 2025 men’s Final Four.
UTSA, the University of the Incarnate Word and San Antonio Sports will serve as official hosts for the both the men’s 2025 event and the 2029 women’s event, set for March 30 and April 1.
“San Antonio is a wonderful location to host the women’s Final Four because of the first-class hospitality and experience of our host organizations, the City of San Antonio and the Alamodome,” UTSA Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos said in a prepared statement. “We can’t wait to come together as one team and execute a thrilling event in 2029.”
San Antonio previous hosted the women’s Final Four in 2002, 2010 and 2021. In 2021, the entire 64-team, 63-game tournament was played in the San Antonio area, a format designed to minimize travel and simplify logistics during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the city hosted the women’s Final Four in 2010, nearly $21 million was spent directly by visitors, according to a study from the SABÉR Research Institute. The economic impact from the 2021 tournament was estimated to be somewhat bigger because more teams were in town. However, fan attendance was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.
In preparation for the 2025 men’s event, the City of San Antonio is spending tens of millions of dollars to upgrade the Alamodome, including adding suites, renovating existing suites, and upgrading elevators and restrooms.