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UTSA have gotten together with San Antonio Sports and the City of San Antonio to complete a bid for the NCAA Basketball Final Four for a year in 2017-2020.

The bid has already been met with some success with NCAA revealing that San Antonio is one of the final eight cities in contention for the four hosting spots, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Fighting against San Antonio will be Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Arlington, Phoenix/Glendale and St. Louis.

The news comes as San Antonio gets ready to host the second and third rounds of the Men’s Basketball tournament on March 21 and 23 at the AT&T Center, while the Final Four bid would see the tournament hosted at the Alamodome.

The bid group is formed under the name San Antonio Local Organizing Committee, with the three aforementioned organization each having delegates to form the group.

Of the cities listed only

San Antonio has previously hosted the Men’s Final Four three times, with the most recent coming in 2008 while they hosted the Women’s Final Four in 2010.

UTSA Athletic Director, Lynn Hickey, sees this bid as the next in a line of UTSA being the host institution for NCAA events, with new soccer and track and field venues the odds of getting conference events or even early rounds in the NCAAs has increased.

Arlington would seem an unlikely venue as they will be hosting the 2014 event, although AT&T Stadium has proven a popular venue to host events.

Of the cities in contention only Phoenix/Glendale have never hosted, and so would stand a good shot of hosting, while Minneapolis is the one with the hosting rights from furthest ago, having last hosted in 2001.

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