Minnesota to Host Seven NCAA Championships
Dec. 11, 2013
The University of Minnesota will host seven NCAA championship events between 2014-18 seasons, the NCAA announced this week. The University will host events for men’s hockey, women’s hockey, women’s gymnastics, and men’s swimming. In total, 1,984 bid applications were submitted and 523 total championship event sites were awarded across all three divisions.
“We are extremely pleased that the NCAA has chosen the University of Minnesota to host seven major events from 2014-18,” said Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague. “Our University has hosted many first-class events in the past and we look forward to continuing that tradition over the next few years.”
The University of Minnesota and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., have been selected to host the 2018 NCAA Men's Hockey Frozen Four. Minnesota will host the event for the eighth time in school history and previously hosted the 1958, 1966, 1989, 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2011.
After successful stints in 2010 and 2013, Minnesota’s women’s hockey facility, Ridder Arena, will host the Frozen Four in 2015 and 2018. The arena was the first facility dedicated solely to college women's ice hockey.
The Golden Gophers will also host the 2016 NCAA Men’s Hockey West Regional, marking the Xcel Energy Center's fourth regional event after 2010, 2012, and the upcoming 2014 NCAA West Regional in March.
In addition to hockey, Minnesota will host the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the University Aquatic Center in 2018. The University hosted both men’s and women’s NCAAs in 2011 and will host the women’s meet this year.
Women’s gymnastics regional competitions will come to the University’s Sports Pavilion in 2016 and 2018 after hosting them in 2000 and 2008. Minnesota will also host a regional for the upcoming season on April 5.
“We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to host so many major events over the coming years,” said Minnesota Director of Event Management Andrew Parrish. “We feel that we’ve had success putting on high-quality championships in the past and we are happy the NCAA has recognized our hard work and has rewarded us with the chance to continue to build on that.”