CFSC working to bring 22 NCAA Championships to region

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

Bringing together government and tourism leadership from Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake & Volusia Counties, and the City of Orlando, the Central Florida Sports Commission is spearheading the effort to bring 22 NCAA Championships to the region over the next 5 years. As part of a new strategy for the NCAA, 84 of the NCAA’s 89 Championships are up for bid for 2015-2018.

Coming together under the theme of “One Destination, One Team,” the Sports Commission’s strategy includes showing the NCAA that our entire community supports NCAA Championships. Top elected officials from each of our local government partners participated in a destination showcase video that clearly illustrates why Central Florida is the perfect destination for NCAA Championships. In addition, more than 40 letters of support from tourism and business leaders from throughout the region and the state, including Governor Rick Scott, were submitted to the NCAA.

“The bid process for NCAA Championships is extremely competitive, and it truly takes a team effort to show the NCAA that we have the right destination to host these prestigious events,” said John Bisignano, President & CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “As we serve our mission to drive economic development through sports, these Championships are a critical part of our strategy to deliver more critical mass in times of need for our region.”

If all events were awarded to Central Florida, these Championships would bring more than 214,803 in total attendance, 46,546 out-of-town visitors, over 58,190 room nights and approximately $32,831,315 economic impact to the region. A small sample of events include the Frozen Four (Division I Hockey Championship), Division I Men’s & Women’s Soccer Championship, Division II Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championship, Division II Volleyball Championship, Division III Golf Championship  and the Women’s Regional Gymnastics Championship. See below for a complete list of championships, years and venues.

“Opportunities for new sporting events, such as these NCAA Championships, are growing because of the collaboration and partnerships  within our community that have led to the construction of some of the best venues in the world,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.  “These potential events will bring exciting spectator opportunities for our residents, showcase our community to athletes, spectators & viewers from around the country, and create a substantial positive impact on our economy.”

Bids were submitted on September 16th. The NCAA is expected to narrow the list of hosts by announcing finalists on October 30th, with a final determination of hosts to be announced December 11th. Additional events, including Division I Men’s & Women’s Basketball and Division I Men’s & Women’s Golf, are expected to available for bid later this year.

Beginning in 1996, the Sports Commission has hosted at least one NCAA Championship or Regional Championship each year. Highlighted by the return of the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, which will be hosted at the Amway Center next March, the Sports Commission continues to galvanize the community and illustrate to the NCAA, and other event owners, why Central Florida is a championship destination.

Targeted NCAA Championships:

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

Co-Host

Proposed Venue

Division I

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's Frozen Four - Hockey

X

X

X

X

MAAC

Amway Center

Men's College Cup - Soccer

 

X

X

 

UCF

Orlando City Soccer Stadium

Women's College Cup - Soccer

 

X

X

 

UCF

Orlando City Soccer Stadium

Men's Wrestling Championship

X

X

X

X

MAAC

Amway Center

Women's Lacrosse Championship

 

X

X

X

Stetson

Orlando City Soccer Stadium

Women's Volleyball Championship

 

 

X

 

UCF

Amway Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Division II

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's and Women's Soccer Championship

 

X

X

 

SSC

Orlando City Soccer Stadium

Men's Wrestling Championship

 

X

 

X

MAAC

Osceola Heritage Park

Women's Volleyball Championship

X

 

 

 

Rollins

Ocean Center

Men's Regional Golf Championship

 

X

X

X

SSC

Mission Inn Resort

Women's Golf Championship

 

 

X

X

Rollins

LPGA International

Men's Golf Championship

 

 

X

X

SSC

Reunion

Men's and Women's Tennis Championship

X

 

X

X

Rollins

Sanlando Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Division III

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women's Volleyball Championship

X

X

 

 

Oglethorpe

Ocean Center

Women's Volleyball Championship

 

 

X

X

Oglethorpe

Osceola Heritage Park

Women's Golf Championship

 

X

X

X

Oglethorpe

Mission Inn Resort

Men's Golf  Championship

 

X

X

X

Oglethorpe

Mission Inn Resort

Men's and Women's Tennis Championship

X

X

X

X

Oglethorpe

Sanlando Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Collegiate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's and Women's Fencing Championship

 

X

 

 

Stetson

Ocean Center

Women's Regional  Gymnastics

X

X

X

X

UCF

Osceola Heritage Park