Dec. 11, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The NCAA announced Wednesday that it has awarded the City of St. Louis with four more NCAA Championships. Missouri will partner with the St. Louis Sports Commission to host the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships and the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. The wrestling tournaments will be held at the Scottrade Center while the gymnastics tournaments are set to be hosted in Chaifetz Arena.
The Scottrade Center has already played host to six NCAA Wrestling Championships since the turn of the century, housing the event in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2012. In 2012, St. Louis set the NCAA Wrestling Championships record in attendance with 109,450 patrons attending during the three-day tournament. In fact, St. Louis owns four of the top-5 attendance numbers in NCAA Wrestling Championship history. The committee chose St. Louis because of the city's proven ability to host the tournament and the site's popularity among coaches and student-athletes.
"To me, it is like Christmas came early," said Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith. "Getting to co-host our 7th and 8th NCAA's in the best facility and city - St. Louis - it's outstanding. College wrestling fans love the event in St. Louis and the NCAA has most certainly listened.
The University of Missouri hosted the past six wrestling championships in St. Louis and will once again assist the St. Louis Sports Commission in overseeing the organizing committee. The tournaments will be held March 19-21, 2015, and March 16-18, 2017.
"I know Chris Roseman and his people at the St. Louis Sports Commission go above and beyond to make this event something special, not only for the fans but for the student-athlete," said Smith. "Their work in the recent years has made St. Louis the City for NCAA Wrestling Championships."
The 2017 Gymnastics Championships will mark the first time that St. Louis will host the tournament. Located on the St. Louis University campus, Chaifetz Arena will be the site for National Championships April 14-16 in 2017 and April 20-22, 2018. Constructed in 2008, the arena seats 10,600 fans and is home to the St. Louis University Billikens men's and women's basketball programs.
"We are truly excited and honored to be hosting the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships," said Mizzou head gymnastics coach Shannon Welker
. "It's yet another indicator that the University of Missouri is a special place and wants the best for its student-athletes in all aspects. We look forward to working with the St. Louis Sports Commission and NCAA for this amazing event!"
An intense multi-event bid process culminated Wednesday with the announcement that St. Louis will host eight NCAA championships between 2015 and 2018. Events awarded to St. Louis include the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Division II Wrestling Championships, Women's Gymnastics Championships, Women's Ice Hockey Frozen Four, and the Women's Bowling Championship.
"The awarding of these events to St. Louis is the product of tremendous collaboration and support from many partners, especially our academic institutions, sport venues and the state of Missouri," said Chris Roseman, the Sports Commission's vice president of events. "We look forward to producing eight outstanding championships, and we're excited about the impact these events will have on our region to energize our community, bring visitors to St. Louis, showcase the area, inspire young people and elevate our quality of life."