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Basketball: UIL moves state tourneys to Alamodome

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The University Interscholastic League finalized plans Tuesday afternoon to move the 2015 girls and boys basketball state tournaments to San Antonio's Alamodome.

The UIL has been playing its state basketball tournaments in Austin since 1921, and they have been played at Texas’ Frank Erwin Center since 1978.

There was a lot of talk about the UIL moving the tournaments after increased grumblings from coaches and spectators regarding the boys tournament, which was held in Austin at the same time as the South by Southwest music festival.

In June, the UIL announced at its Legislative Council meeting that discussions were in place with the Alamodome. The move became official Tuesday.

“The decision to move the basketball state tournaments has been a difficult one,” UIL executive director Charles Breithaupt said in a press release. “The tournaments have enjoyed a rich tradition in Austin, but in order to provide the best experience for student-athletes, coaches and fans, it is best to move the UIL basketball state tournaments to another excellent venue in Texas, the San Antonio Alamodome.”

The 2015 girls tournament is scheduled for March 5-7, while the boys tournament is slated for March 12-14.

The Denton area has sent at least one representative to either the girls or boys state tournaments for the past three years. In 2014, Argyle was a state finalist in the Class 3A girls tournament, while Ponder took home the Class 2A boys championship.

Ponder coach Jude Stanley told the Denton Record-Chronicle in June that the cost of hotel rooms for the boys tournament skyrocketed because of the conflict with South by Southwest.

“I think this [moving the tournament] is the best of two not-so-good situations,” Stanley said. “I think UIL is doing everything they can to try to make it affordable again.”