By Morgan Montalvo
Now that San Antonio has secured the 2025 NCAA Final Four, the hard work begins,.Mayor Ron Nirenberg says the task at hand is to improve even more the venues and attractions that convinced collegiate sports executives to award the Alamo City the basketball series seven years out, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
"The Alamo, the Riverwalk, the hotels, the downtown area, they're all getting better than ever," the mayor tells News Radio 1200 WOAI.
Nirenberg says much of the credit for earning the 2025 contest goes to local citizens who voted for a range of capital improvements.
Jenny Carnes, executive director of San Antonio's Local Organizing Committee, says a major challenge will be how to keep enthusiasm running high for an event still years away
."I don't even know what to anticipate seven years down the road, just with the evolution of social media and technology," Carnes says.
She says organizers will count heavily on two local NCAA Division 1 institutions, UTSA and UIW, to promote and fund-raise on behalf of the Final Four.
The NCAA site selection committee named both schools co-sponsors along with the city.
Private donorship in anticipation of a successful Final Four bid already stands at $1 million.--------------
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