sports ballsBetween 2014-2017, Louisville will play host to 13 National Collegiate Athletic national championships across all three athletic divisions.

According to the news release, the NCAA championships assigned to Louisville are:

  • 2014 Division II Fall Championships Festival, comprised of men’s and women’s cross country; men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and field hockey
  • 2016 Division III men’s and women’s cross country
  • 2017 Division I, II and III field hockey
  • 2017 Division I men’s and women’s cross country

Only Kansas City, which will host 14 events, was awarded more.

In September, a coalition of University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, Spalding University, the Kentucky State Fair Board, AEG/KFC Yum! Center, Louisville Convention and Visitor Bureau and the Louisville Sports Commission put in bids for 41 championship events. The NCAA had issued 500 RFPs for events in June.

Some of the marquee sports championships, like Division I football and basketball, were not included among the RFPs.

None of these events will be held in the KFC Yum! Center or in University of Louisville’s $18.5 million, LEED certified soccer stadium set to be completed by the 2014 season.

From the news release:

“We’re elated with the opportunity to host 13 NCAA national championships in six different sports and across all divisions during the next four years,” said Louisville Sports Commission Executive Director Karl Schmitt. “These events will bring thousands of student-athletes, their families, fans and media to our community, generating positive economic impact, enhancing the quality of life and promoting Louisville as a great sports town.”

“The athletic departments at UofL, Bellarmine and Spalding are to be commended for their hard work and spirit of cooperation in successfully bidding on such a large number of national championships,” continued Schmitt. “We look forward to working with the three universities, the LCVB and the local hospitality industry in creating great experiences when we host these NCAA championships during the next four years.”


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