Dec. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The NCAA announced Columbus has been awarded nine championships for the 2014-15 through 2017-18 academic years, with Ohio State and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission to host eight events. The number of championships ranks as one of the highest number of award selections for any city in the country.
“We are very proud to provide the Columbus community with the opportunity to see NCAA championships,” Mike Penner, Ohio State Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations, said. “Our Ohio State student-athletes will now have the opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of a hometown crowd, and for our seniors, it could be their last time. We are committed to and relish the chance to provide a remarkable experience for the teams and fans visiting Columbus.”
The events slated to be hosted by Ohio State and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission are:
“Columbus has much to be proud of with today’s announcement from the NCAA,” Linda Logan, Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director, said. “We look forward to rolling out the red carpet to athletes and fans and showcasing why Columbus is such a great sports destination.”
The Columbus Region is also set to host the following NCAA championship events in 2014 and 2015, which were bid on before this 2013 bidding cycle with the NCAA:
NCAA Championship Events (Academic Year/Facility(s)
In June, the NCAA embarked on an unprecedented strategy of bundling championship event bids for the next four academic years as a way to streamline the process and allow host cities the opportunities to be even more strategic in maximizing their bid submissions and match the available championships to their resources.