AUSTIN — The University Interscholastic League announced Tuesday the boys and girls state basketball tournaments will move from Austin to San Antonio beginning this season.

San Antonio’s Alamodome will host the girls basketball state tournament March 5-7 and the boys tournament March 12-14.

In June, UIL staff asked for guidance from the UIL Legislative Council, which authorized the change. The Alamodome worked with UIL staff to finalize arrangements.

“We’re thrilled the UIL has chosen San Antonio to host one of the state’s premier high school championships,” said Casandra Matej, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau Director. “From NCAA Final Fours to the Spurs’ march to a fifth NBA crown last month, San Antonio has proven to be a championship city when it comes to basketball. We look forward to providing another unforgettable experience for players, fans and officials at the 2015 UIL State Basketball Tournaments.”

The first UIL basketball state tournament was played in Austin in 1921. Gregory Gym on the University of Texas at Austin campus began hosting the boys tournament beginning in 1931, and the girls tournament was added in 1951.The Frank Erwin Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus has hosted the boys and girls state basketball tournaments since 1978.

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