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A conscious effort by city leaders in Indianapolis to create a concentration of sports venues and hotels in downtown has paid off with large events over the years. (Photo: Visit Indy)

How Indianapolis Landed the NCAA Basketball Tournament

The NCAA started calling in the fall. In an effort to cut down on team travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, would Indianapolis — which was set to host the 2021 Final Four — be interested or willing to host the entire Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament? The answer, of course, was yes. But the delay […]

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Lucas Oil Stadium will host the 2021 NCAA Final Four. But the city of Indianapolis is negotiation to host the entire tournament. (Photo: Visit Indy)

Cities Adjust as NCAA Calls
For Bubble-Like Basketball Tournament

The news that the NCAA will attempt to host its Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in one city was a tough blow for the 13 destinations that were looking to host opening and regional rounds. But as top collegiate officials continue their negotiations with Indianapolis to potentially host all rounds in a “controlled” bubble-like environment, […]

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NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Championships Head West

The NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Championships will head west for the first time in 2025 and 2026 as the Orange County Sports Commission was awarded the rights to host the events in Huntington Beach, California. From its inception in 2016, the event has been staged in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The California city received the event as […]

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Stanford forward Erica McCall and South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson jump for the opening tip during a NCAA Women's Final Four game on March 31, 2017 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Tampa, Phoenix Selected as Future NCAA Women’s Final Four Hosts

The NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2025 will be hosted by Tampa, Florida, and the 2026 Women’s Final Four will be hosted by Phoenix, Arizona, as the hosts for the 2022–2023 through 2025–2026 championship events were released on Wednesday. Amalie Arena will serve as the site in 2025, while Talking Stick Resort Arena will host […]

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Georgetown celebrates after winning the NCAA college soccer championship against Virginia in Cary, North Carolina, on December 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

NCAA Bid-Cycle Hosts Coming October 14

It may not have the drama of Selection Sunday, but Selection Wednesday is coming on October 14 as the NCAA will release future hosts for 86 championship events, including hundreds of regional competitions, for the 2022–2023 through 2025–2026 seasons. The announcement will be posted on the NCAA’s home page at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time […]

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The Purdue Boilermakers face the Davidson Wildcats during the 2018 Charleston Classic. (Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images)

Early-Season College Basketball Tournaments Wait for NCAA’s Decision

Last year’s college basketball season ended with a COVID-induced thud and no championship to speak of. Like every other sport on the collegiate landscape, basketball spent the summer full of uncertainty. And as its scheduled start date for practices loom, a sport that bridges both the fall and winter seasons — finishing in the spring […]

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Fans watch a 2019 Little League World Series tournament game in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

Study: $45 Billion Spent in 2019 on Sports-Related Travel

A landmark new study conducted by the Sports Events and Tourism Association shows that travel to amateur and collegiate sports events in 2019 accounted for $45.1 billion in spending in the United States, an increase of over 5 percent from the previous year. In addition, that spending generated $103.3 billion in direct, indirect and induced […]

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Huntsville, Alabama, to Host 2021 NCAA Regional Cross Country Event

The Huntsville Sports Commission will host the 2021 NCAA Division I South Regional Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championship at the new John Hunt Cross Country Running Park in Alabama on November 12, 2021. The University of North Alabama will act as the host school for the event and the city of Huntsville Parks & […]

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NCAA Bans Mississippi from Hosting All Championship Rounds

The NCAA Board of Governors has expanded the association’s Confederate flag policy and will no longer allow schools in Mississippi to host any round of a championship event on campus, even if their tournament seeding or ranking otherwise entitled them to host. The previous policy only prevented the NCAA from awarding a rotating championship to […]

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