The nickname “Titletown” is already taken, but if any place in the country can lay claim to being a city of college championships, it’s Kansas City.
The Kansas City area will host more NCAA finals than any metro area from 2014 through 2018, the NCAA announced today. The governing body for college sports named the sites for 82 of its 89 championships over that five-year period, and Kansas City is slated to host 14 finals.
The St. Louis area will host eight finals in the same span.
The highest-profile contests coming to Kansas City include the Division I women’s volleyball championship, which will be played at the downtown Sprint Center in 2017, and the Division I men’s soccer championship, which will be played at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. in 2015.
Sporting Park was a magnet for championship events, also drawing the Division II football championship for 2014 through 2017. The stadium, which is the home of MLS club Sporting Kansas City, also hosted the 2013 MLS All-Star Game and has become a regular destination for Olympic and World Cup qualifying matches.
A total of 294 sites nationwide were awarded finals events in the NCAA’s bidding process. Seven championships, including Division I men’s basketball, football and baseball, were not included in the process because of preexisting site arrangements.
Below is a look at all the NCAA championship events coming to the Kansas City and St. Louis areas from 2014 through 2018.
|Bowling||2015 and 2018||St. Louis||Tropicana Lanes|
|Gymnastics (Women's)||2017-2018||St. Louis||Chaifetz Arena|
|Hockey (Women's)||2017||St. Charles||Family Arena|
|Soccer (Men's)||2015||Kansas City Kan.||Sporting Park|
|Volleyball (Women's)||2017||Kansas City||Sprint Center|
|Wrestling||2015 and 2017||Scottrade Center||St. Louis|
|Football||2014-2017||Kansas City Kan.||Sporting Park|
|Wrestling||2015||St. Louis||Chaifetz Arena|
|Soccer (Men's)||2014-2015||Kansas City||Swope Park|
|Soccer (Women's)||2014-2015||Kansas City||Swope Park|