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Pittsburgh to Host 22 NCAA Preliminary and Championship Events in 2018-2022

Published: 04/19/2017

PITTSBURGH – At a media event today at PPG Paints Arena, representatives from SportsPITTSBURGH and the Pittsburgh Bid Committee, along with elected officials, discussed the community-based bid approach that resulted in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), yesterday, awarding Pittsburgh 22 NCAA preliminary and championship events covering the years 2018 through 2022. Pittsburgh was awarded more NCAA events than any other city.

"We are beyond excited that the NCAA has chosen our city to host these 22 prestigious events," said Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of sports development for VisitPITTSBURGH. "This announcement is not about any one university, sports venue or organization. It's about Pittsburgh! The Pittsburgh Bid Committee -- which included nine universities, two athletic conferences and nine sports facilities -- approached the bid process as a community effort to reintroduce the NCAA to Pittsburgh. And now we look forward to crowning new NCAA champions over the next four years."

"The city of Pittsburgh and their member institutions submitted many very strong bids, and our sport committees were impressed with the opportunities that were presented for the championships,” said Joni Comstock, NCAA senior vice president for championships. “We look forward to working with them and so many other cities who commit their expertise and resources in providing our student-athletes, coaches and spectators a memorable experience.

Pittsburgh was awarded the following NCAA preliminary and championship events:

2018

  • 2018 NCAA Division II Fall Festival – Nov 25-Dec 1
    • NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championship
      Clarion University & A.J. Palumbo Center
    • NCAA Division II Women's Field Hockey Championship
      Slippery Rock University & Arthur J. Rooney Field
    • NCAA Division II Men's & Women’s Soccer Championships
      Slippery Rock University & Highmark Stadium
    • NCAA Division II Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships
      Slippery Rock University & Schenley Park
  • 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship – Nov 15-17
    Saint Vincent College & A.J. Palumbo Center
  • 2018 NCAA Division II Men's & Women's Cross Country Regionals – Nov 17 or 18
    Slippery Rock University & Cooper's Lake
     

2019

  • 2019 NCAA Division II Men's & Women's Soccer Championships – Dec 5-7
    Slippery Rock University & Highmark Stadium
  • 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Wrestling Championship – March 21-23
    University of Pittsburgh & PPG Paints Arena
  • 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship – Dec 19-21
    Duquesne University & PPG Paints Arena
  • 2019 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Cross Country Regionals – Nov 16
    Carnegie Mellon University & Cooper's Lake
     

2020

  • 2020 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships – Nov 21
    Carnegie Mellon University & Cooper's Lake
  • 2020 NCAA Division II Men's & Women's Cross Country Regionals – Nov 7 or 8
    Slippery Rock University & Cooper's Lake
     

2021

  • 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship – April 8-10
    Robert Morris University & PPG Paints Arena
     

2022

  • 2022 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship – First & Second Rounds – March 18 & 20
    Duquesne University & PPG Paints Arena
  • 2022 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship – March 18-19
    Presidents' Athletic Conference & A.J. Palumbo Center
     

The Pittsburgh Bid Committee included representatives from the following nine host institutions, two athletic conferences and nine sports facilities:

A.J. Palumbo Center
Arthur J. Rooney Field
Carnegie Mellon University
Chatham University
Clarion University
Cooper's Lake Campground
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Duquesne University
Highmark Stadium
Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference
PPG Paints Arena
Presidents' Athletic Conference
Robert Morris University
Schenley Park
Slippery Rock University
SportsPITTSBURGH
Saint Vincent College
Thiel College
University of Pittsburgh
UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium

About SportsPITTSBURGH
As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH's primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events in the region, providing the experience and expertise to reinforce Pittsburgh’s reputation as a legendary sports town.