Cedar Park is preparing to host the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament for the first time.
The University of Texas will host one of four regionals at HEB Center in Cedar Park in 2021, joining Cincinnati, Albany, N.Y. and Spokane, Wash.
"This is great news — we are honored that the NCAA has selected Austin and our world-class venue in the city of Cedar Park as a 2021 regional host,” H-E-B Center at Cedar Park General Manager Sammy Wallace said in a release. “We look forward to working with UT athletics help make this an exciting and unforgettable championship experience for players, coaches, families and fans.”
Regional games in 2021 will be played from March 26-29.
The HEB Center, which also hosts the AHL’s Texas Stars and NBS G-League’s Austin Spurs in addition to a regular slate of concerts, live performances and family shows, broke ground in 2008 and opened in 2009.
Texas announced in 2017 that it would be demolishing the Frank Erwin Center to expand the Dell Medical School and added it had chosen land just south of Mike A. Myers Stadium for a new arena, which is expected to be open as early as 2022.
Austin — specifically the Erwin Center — has hosted an NCAA championship-record 18 regional games.
“We’re really excited that we’ve been chosen to host an NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional in 2021,” UT Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte said. “It will be a tremendous opportunity for our university and athletic department to be a part of a really special event and to celebrate basketball in our great city.”