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UIL considering moving State Basketball Tournament

Postby Windthorstfan » Fri May 30, 2014 4:03 pm

Responding to concerns about hotel availability and rising hotel prices across the Austin area in early March, the UIL is contemplating moving the tournaments away from Texas’ Erwin Center, according to UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison.


American Airlines Center in Dallas, Toyota Center in Houston, and the Alamodome are possible sites.



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Re: UIL considering moving State Basketball Tournament

Postby Windthorstfan » Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:10 pm

Sounds like the State Basketball tournament will be held in San Antonio, if the they can come to an agreement with the Alamodome. Other sites have scheduling conflicts.

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Re: UIL considering moving State Basketball Tournament

Postby WindthorstDad » Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:21 pm

Windthorstfan wrote:Sounds like the State Basketball tournament will be held in San Antonio, if the they can come to an agreement with the Alamodome. Other sites have scheduling conflicts.


My understanding was AAC in DFW and Houston site had conflicts for those dates adn were dropped leaving San Antonio.

I wish they would visit the idea of using the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland (DFW). They hosted this year's state volleyball tournament and did a fine job. Easy to get to, plenty of seating and many hotels to choose from.
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Re: UIL considering moving State Basketball Tournament

Postby Windthorstfan » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:44 pm

WHO DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT AND WHY?

American Airlines Center, Dallas - The home of the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars has ample seating to host the tournament, but the mid-March dates make getting the AAC locked down for a week near impossible. Both the Stars and Mavs would need to be on the road in order to use the facility. However when talk of moving the tournament was broached last spring, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he was not opposed to having the AAC as the host site.

AT&T Center, San Antonio - While the Spurs' home court would have been a fitting match close to Austin, but with the professional vibe, the problem with the venue stems from scheduling with a major NBA franchise and the radio that would be in town.

Moody Coliseum, Dallas - The newly remodeled home of the SMU Mustangs, while an updated facility in the heart of Dallas, the 9,000 capacity was still much too small for the crowds expected at the state tournament.

The Toyota Center, Houston - The home of the Rockets offers a pretty easy trek south for the state tournament and with the usual one or two teams coming from Southeast Texas in addition to the Houston-area teams that are perennial contenders, the NBA arena seems fitting. The challenge, like with the AAC came from scheduling conflicts with the Rockets, who would need to be on the road for back-to-back weekends in March.

Curtis Culwell Center, Garland - The facility has shown it can handle big basketball crowds and events, serving as the host site for the SWAC conference tournaments and numerous high school basketball regionals. The Culwell Center is now the site of the UIL state volleyball and wrestling tournaments. The city itself has some good basketball history with guys like Mookie Blaylock among its notable hoops alumni, but again, the capacity issue makes hosting a major high school championship a challenge.

Ferrell Center, Waco - Baylor's home arena has drawn large crowds for mens and women's college games in recent years and it has served as the home of several regional tournaments at the high school level. It holds more than 10,000 people, and it is pretty centrally located for both DFW and Houston-area teams. However, even with the iconic gold dome, Waco was pretty much a non-contender.

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Re: UIL considering moving State Basketball Tournament

Postby Windthorstfan » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:59 pm

Curtis Culwell Center has a capacity of 7,000

State Championship Attendances
1A Boys Div I 8,712
1A Boys Div II 10,432
2A Boys 10,537
3A Boys 9,676
4A Boys 10,537
5A Boys 10,432

The girls could play at Culwell, but UIL isn't going to have the two tournaments at different sites. That is why the AAC was out since they couldn't host the girls tournament.

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Re: UIL considering moving State Basketball Tournament

Postby beaver gal » Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:31 pm

From what I read this week in local newspaper that the tourney will be held in San Antonio.

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Re: UIL considering moving State Basketball Tournament

Postby Eagle 1 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:12 pm

Did the UIL run this move by with dogfan? :))
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Re: UIL considering moving State Basketball Tournament

Postby beaver gal » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:39 pm

They decided to ask me for a change and I approved it! Also, the state football games will be in the Alamodome,too.


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