The 2024 USA Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates Division I and II National Championships will be played at the Scheels Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita, the championship’s first-ever appearance in Kansas.
“We’re so pleased to be moving this special event to a new venue like the Scheels Stryker Sports Complex and being able to bring a fresh vibe to the WCLA National Championship,” said Kristy Nutt, director of events at USA Lacrosse. “This brand new facility sets the stage for fierce competition and memorable experiences for all of the participating players.”
The event hosted by Visit Wichita will be from May 7–10, 2024. The annual tournaments feature 16 Division I clubs and 16 Division II teams.
“We are honored and thrilled USA Lacrosse has selected Wichita to be the host city for their 2024 Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates National Championship,” said Josh Howell, vice president of sports development for Visit Wichita. “It’s a great opportunity for locals to take in a fast-paced, exciting sport and we’re looking forward to showcasing one of our community’s world-class facilities, Scheels Stryker Sports Complex.”
The Scheels Stryker Sports Complex features 11 all-sports turf fields, each with outdoor lighting, and a 112,000-square-foot indoor facility. The venue plays host to local, regional and national events.
“The Scheels Stryker Sports Complex is very excited to host the first ever national lacrosse event in Wichita,” said Larry Inlow, general manager of Scheels Stryker Sports Complex. “We look forward to welcoming all of the teams, watching them compete and giving them the best possible experience here in Wichita.”
Started in 2001, the WCLA championship has had 10 previous host sites, including St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas and Round Rock, Texas. Last year’s championship in Virginia Beach, Virginia, concluded with Boston College winning its second straight Division I title, while the University of New Hampshire claimed its first Division II championship.
“The WCLA is an integral part of our USA Lacrosse family and the great level of competition that we have annually witnessed at the national championship truly demonstrates the commitment of these collegiate athletes and their enthusiasm for lacrosse,” said Caitlin Kelley, senior director for sports administration at USA Lacrosse.