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San Antonio To Host 2025 Men's Final Four

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Updated throughout at 5:39 p.m.

San Antonio will host the 2025 Men’s Final Four tournament at the Alamodome.

Officials from the city, including San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, as well as members of local organizing committee — University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio Sports, and Visit San Antonio — were on hand for a watch party at the Alamodome for the NCAA’s announcement.

San Antonio was also pursuing Final Four tournaments in 2023 and 2026, but the NCAA awarded those games to Houston and Indianapolis, respectively.

The 2024 tournament was awarded by the NCAA to Phoenix.

San Antonio played host to the Final Four this past season, which had an economic impact on the city of $185 million and came with a lot of national media attention as a great place to visit, Nirenberg said.

“The footprint of downtown San Antonio is one of the most walkable and liveable in the United States, which is why San Antonio continues to be such an attractive location for the Final Four and events like this,” he said.

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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg fields questions after the NCAA's announcement that the city will play host to the 2025 Men's Final Four.

  Nirenberg also said San Antonio continues to define for other cities what the ideal Final Four experience should be like for fans.

“Whether it’s the performance of the music fest or fan fest to the actual games themselves itself, the accommodations and experience continues to raise the bar for everyone else,” the mayor said.

San Antonio has hosted men’s Final Four games in 1998, 2004, 2008 and 2018, and  the NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2002 and 2010.

According to a news release from San Antonio Sports, San Antonio was chosen over Detroit, Los Angeles, and North Texas to host the Final Four.

Brian Kirkpatrick can be reached at brian@tpr.org