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NCAA Championship Sites Include Another Tampa Frozen Four, Six Events In St. Louis
Published December 12, 2013
GATEWAY TO CHAMPIONSHIPS: In St. Louis, Stu Durando notes after the city "established an attendance record" for the '12 NCAA D-I wrestling championships, it was "not a surprise that the NCAA awarded the event to Scottrade Center" in '15 and '17. Last year, 112,393 "attended the three days of competition, and the city has four of the top five attendance marks of all time." By earning the tournament for two more years, St. Louis "will have hosted the event eight times -- more than any other city." However, the "other six NCAA events that landed in St. Louis are somewhat less familiar for the St. Louis Sports Commission." Chaifetz Arena will host the '17 and '18 women's gymnastics championships, as well as D-II wrestling in '15. Tropicana Lanes will host women's bowling in '15 and '18, and Family Arena was awarded women's hockey in '17 (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/12).
MORE FOR MO: In K.C., Blair Kerkhoff notes the greater K.C. area was awarded 14 NCAA championships yesterday, "more than any other city." Soccer, volleyball and football national championships are "coming to the Kansas City area" from '14-18. The NCAA D-I men's College Cup "will be played at Sporting Park" in '15. The D-I women's volleyball championship "returns to the Sprint Center" in '17, and the D-II football championship "will be played at Sporting Park" from '14-17 (K.C. STAR, 12/12).
RUNNING IN PLACE: In Portland, Ken Goe noted the NCAA awarding the D-I track and field championships to Hayward Field through '21 could be "the first step toward making Eugene the meet's permanent home." The Univ. of Oregon hosted last year's event, and "already was scheduled to hold the meet" in '14. UO Senior Associate AD and TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said that the NCAA and UO would "examine the arrangement after a few years." Lananna: "We'll see what makes sense for both sides" (OREGONLIVE.com, 12/11).