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:

  • Division I Women’s Volleyball Finals (Dec. 15-17, 2016/Nationwide Arena & Greater Columbus Convention Center)
  • National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Finals (April 14-16, 2016/ St. John Arena)
  • National Collegiate Rifle Championships (March 10-11, 2017/ Converse Hall & French Field House)
  • National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Finals (May 4-6, 2017/ St. John Arena)
  • Division I Women’s Swimming Finals (March 15-17, 2018/ McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion)
  • National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Regionals (April 4, 2015 & April 7, 2018/ St. John Arena)
  • Division I Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals (May 21-22, 2016/ Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium)
  • Columbus will also host the 2017 Division II NCAA Women’s Basketball Elite Eight, hosted by Ohio Dominican and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission in ODU’s Alumni Hall.

“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)

  • NCAA Zone Diving (March 2014/ McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion)
  • National Collegiate Fencing Championships (March 2014, 2015/St. John Arena, French Field House)
  • Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 2014/Ohio Wesleyan – Selby Stadium)
  • Division I Men’s Basketball – 2nd/3rd Rounds (March 2015/Nationwide Arena)

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.