April 18, 2017
The NCAA today awarded three of its championship events to the University of Notre Dame:
--The Warren Golf Course will be the location for an NCAA Women's Golf Regional Championship on May 11-13, 2020.
--Notre Dame Stadium will serve as the venue for an NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship quarterfinal doubleheader on either May 22 or 23, 2021.
--The Joyce Center will be the site of the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships on March 24-27, 2022.
The Warren Golf Course previously was the site of the 2005 and 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Regionals and the 2011 and 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Regionals. It will also be the host site for the 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
Said Irish women's golf head coach Susan Holt, "We're so excited to hear that Notre Dame and the Warren Golf Course will be hosting NCAA regionals again for the third time in 2020. We are so fortunate to once again have the opportunity to showcase our championship facility. It truly is an honor to host this event."
Notre Dame has played host to NCAA first-round games in the men's lacrosse championships each of the last six years and eight times overall (since 2011 at Arlotta Stadium). The University also served as institutional host in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2013 for an NCAA quarterfinal doubleheader.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host an NCAA quarterfinal weekend," said Irish men's lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan. "I know it will be a terrific weekend for all lacrosse fans in our area. It's a real distinction for us to have the opportunity to host."
The 2021 event will mark the first time men's lacrosse will be played at Notre Dame Stadium. The University played host to the 2008 BIG EAST Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Notre Dame Stadium.
"It will be really cool to have the games played in such a historic venue as Notre Dame Stadium," added Corrigan. "We have never played there and hopefully we can get to that game and be one of the four teams playing in it."
Notre Dame previously played host to the NCAA Men's Fencing Championships in 1970, 1977, 1982 and 1987, the NCAA Women's Fencing Championships in 1987 and the combined NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships in 1992. The 2017 NCAA Men's and Women's Championships were held in Indianapolis--with Notre Dame serving as institutional host.
The Irish also served as institutional hosts for the men's championships in 1985, the women's championships in 1985 and combined men's and women's championships in 1990, 1995 and 1998--all of those held at nearby Saint Mary's College.
Said Irish fencing head coach Gia Kvaratskhelia, "We couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to host another NCAA Championship in 2022. Coming off a national title run as the host school in Indianapolis in 2017 was a special experience, but to hold the event on our home floor will take the experience to the next level. We are blessed with the premier collegiate fencing facility in the country, and I have no doubt it will create an extraordinary atmosphere."
Today's announcement came as the NCAA announced selection of more than 600 host sites for preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III to be held from 2017-18 through 2021-22.
The NCAA received more than 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities vying to host predetermined rounds for 84 of the NCAA's 90 championships. A total of 613 sites were awarded for this cycle. The respective NCAA sports committees and the divisional championships cabinets/committees reviewed the bid proposals and selected the sites.
There were 43 states selected to host at least one round of an NCAA championship--with Pennsylvania leading the way with 53, Florida second with 51 and Indiana next at 41.
Criteria for selecting the host sites included creating what will be an exceptional experience for the student-athletes, along with adherence to NCAA bid specifications. Specifications can include, but are not limited to, providing optimal facilities; ease of travel to the location and ample lodging; and adherence to NCAA principles, which include providing an atmosphere that is safe and respects the dignity of all attendees. The site selections follow the NCAA Board of Governors' vote to allow consideration of championship bids in North Carolina.