By Greg Johnson
A coordinated process for NCAA championship bids in all three divisions will be used to award more than 500 preliminary and final host sites for the 2022-23 through 2025-26 academic years.
While information has been available at ncaa.org/bids, the bid portal for those interested in hosting events in 86 of the NCAA’s 90 championships is now open. The NCAA championships staff will host a seminar Sept. 18 in Indianapolis for schools, conferences, sports commissions, local organizing committees and others to provide more information about bidding.
“The site selection process is an exciting time,” said Joni Comstock, NCAA senior vice president of championships. “We look forward to working with the membership and city organizers to help identify the top venues across the nation to provide our student-athletes a first-class experience.”
All bids will be due Feb. 3, and bid sites will be awarded in late October 2020.
The Division I Men’s Final Four and championships for Division I baseball, Division I softball, Division I football and Division III women’s ice hockey are excluded from this bid process. The bid process will include preliminary basketball selections.
This is the third time a unified bid process will be used to identify host sites for this scope of NCAA championships.
“Interest in bidding from NCAA member institutions and conferences has been tremendous in the past,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball. “With the addition of some new venues, we feel this bid cycle may be even better.”
Greg John is Associate Director NCAA Champion magazine/Membership Communications at NCAA. Media contact is Gail Dent, Associate Director, External Affairs, at 317-917-6117
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