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LANE |Thirteen NCAA Championships Coming to Louisville

Posted: Updated: Dec 11, 2013 05:47 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The City of Louisville has proven to be a top-notch host for a number of NCAA championship events in recent years.  That was confirmed when the city was awarded thirteen National Title events Wednesday.  They encompass all three NCAA divisions and six different sports over a four-year period.

The NCAA championships assigned to Louisville are:

  • 2014 Division II Fall Championships Festival, comprised of men's and women's cross country; men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and field hockey
  • 2016 Division III men's and women's cross country
  • 2017 Division I, II and III field hockey
  • 2017 Division I men's and women's cross country

The University of Louisville (Div. I), Bellarmine University (Div. II) and Spalding University (Div. III) will serve as host to the events in their respective divisions with help from the Louisville Sports Commission and the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCVB).

"We're elated with the opportunity to host 13 NCAA national championships in six different sports and across all divisions during the next four years," said Louisville Sports Commission Executive Director Karl Schmitt. "These events will bring thousands of student-athletes, their families, fans and media to our community, generating positive economic impact, enhancing the quality of life and promoting Louisville as a great sports town."

"The athletic departments at UofL, Bellarmine and Spalding are to be commended for their hard work and spirit of cooperation in successfully bidding on such a large number of national championships," continued Schmitt. "We look forward to working with the three universities, the LCVB and the local hospitality industry in creating great experiences when we host these NCAA championships during the next four years."

Bellarmine hosted the Fall Championships Festival in 2010 and the NCAA Spring National Championships Festival in 2012. UofL previously hosted women's field hockey national championships on four occasions, while the Division I and Division II cross country national championships have been held at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.

As a new NCAA Division III member as of 2012-13, this was the first opportunity for Spalding to bid on and host NCAA post-season events.

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