Capital Selected to Host Volleyball and Women’s Basketball Championship Events in 2020

Capital Selected to Host Volleyball and Women’s Basketball Championship Events in 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Tuesday, April 18 the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced its selections for more than 600 host sites for preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III to be held from 2017-18 through 2021-22. In partnership with the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, the NCAA selected Capital University to serve as host for the 2020 Division III Volleyball Championship and the 2020 Division III Women's Basketball Championship.

The announcement by the NCAA finalizes more than 600 preliminary round and championship sites for Divisions I, II and III held from 2017-18 through 2021-22.

The 2020 Division III Women's Basketball Championship is the first of two national titles to be handed out inside the Capital Center Performance Area. Four teams will enter The Capital Center with the title trophy in sight, and battle for the title on March 20 and 21.

The following academic year, the 2020 Division III Women's Volleyball National Championship will come to Capital for the first time. The championship will last three days (Nov. 19-21) and invite eight teams to the Capital Center to vie for the right to be called champion.

The announcement comes just one year after Capital served as host to the 2016 NCAA Division III Final Four, marking the first time the event was held away from the site of the National Championship.

The effort marks an eight-month process in which the NCAA received more than 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities vying to host predetermined rounds for 84 of the it's 90 championships. Capital worked alongside of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission to put together and submit its bids to the NCAA.

"Hosting two championships in a single calendar year is a fantastic opportunity to again showcase Bexley, Capital University and the City of Columbus on a national stage," said Roger Ingles, Capital University's incoming director of athletics and recreation. "The NCAA's confidence in Capital and Greater Columbus to host high-quality Division III national championship events is seen with its choice to return, and we deeply appreciate that. We are very excited to welcome those top-caliber student-athletes, families, friends and fans from all over the country to Central Ohio."

Dixie Jeffers, Capital head women's basketball coach and senior woman administrator, said, "I am extremely excited that we are going to host the national championship for women's basketball and volleyball. We worked very hard to make our first championship event a success in 2016. We are looking forward to once again put Capital and the surrounding community on display, and welcome everybody with our Midwestern hospitality."

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission also collaborated with The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio University, and Thomas More College (Ky.) to submit a total of 47 bids for 19 championship events in nine sports. The NCAA awarded Columbus twelve (12) championship bids in six sports (basketball, bowling, golf, lacrosse, rifle and volleyball) at the Division I, II, III and National Collegiate levels for this bid cycle.

These announcements further cement Columbus' status as a premier NCAA host community, as the number of championships were one of the highest amounts awarded for any city. In the 2014-2018 bid cycle, Columbus received nine championships in seven sports out of a total of 30 bids in 11 sports.

NCAA Championship Event Bids

Academic Year

Host School

Facility

Division I Men's Basketball Championship –First/Second Rounds

March 2019

Ohio State

Nationwide Arena

Division II Women's Basketball Championship

March 2019 & 2021

Ohio Dominican

Alumni Hall

Division III Women's Basketball Championship

March 2020

Capital

Capital Center

Division III Women's Volleyball Championship

November 2020

Capital

Capital Center

National Collegiate Rifle Championship

March 2021

Ohio State

Converse Hall

National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship

May 2021

Ohio State

St. John Arena

Division I Women's Golf Championship – Regionals

May 2021

Ohio State

Ohio State Golf Club –

Scarlet Course

Division I Women's Volleyball Championship

December 2021

Ohio State

Nationwide Arena

National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship

April 2022

Thomas More

Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl

Division I Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals

May 2022

Ohio State

Ohio Stadium

Division I Men's Golf Championship – Regionals

May 2022

Ohio State

Ohio State Golf Club –

Scarlet Course

 

NOTE: National Collegiate Championships include participants from NCAA Division I, II and III institutions combined.

"As the Sports Commission celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2017, we feel our collective relationship with the NCAA as a premier host community is the strongest it's ever been," said Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Shetina Logan. "All of our university partners were amazing to work with and it's great for Columbus' future to add 12 new championships to the six we have left to host through 2018, including the NCAA Women's Final Four. We're so thankful for the community supporting all of these championships."

 

LINKS

NCAA Championship Site Selection announcement

Full list of NCAA Division III championship sites

Great Columbus Sports Commission announcement

 

For additional information, please contact Ryan Gasser, Capital University sports information director at rgasser@capital.edu or 614-236-6174 or Bruce Wimbish, Great Columbus Sports Commission at bwimbish@columbussports.org or 614-632-7600