SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Sports Commission, a division of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB), in partnership with Sacramento State University, are proud to announce that Sacramento will play host to multiple NCAA events in the coming years, including: the 2015 Division I Women's Basketball Regional; the 2016 Division I Cross Country West Regional; the 2018 Division I Outdoor Track & Field West Regional; and the 2015-16 Divisions I, II and III Women's Rowing Championships.
"We are proud of a long history of hosting NCAA events in Sacramento," said Steve Hammond, President and CEO of the SCVB. "We understand the value in creating a tremendous experience for student-athletes and we welcome the opportunity to develop and continue to expand our partnership with the NCAA in Sacramento."
The Women's Basketball Regional will take place between March 28-31 at Sleep Train Arena. The event will pit the top four teams in the region against one another with the winner earning a trip to the Final Four. The city and arena previously served as a regional site in 2010 but the upcoming event will mark the first time that Sacramento State will be the host institution. The Men's Basketball "March Madness" Tournament will be a separate bid process for the Sacramento Sports Commission.
The Cross Country Regionals will return to Haggin Oaks Golf Course on Nov. 11, 2016. Sacramento State and the Sports Commission hosted the event this past November.
The Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex will add to its lengthy resume of hosting high-level track & field meets with the announcement of the 2018 West Regional. The meet, which will be held May 24-26, serves as the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships.
The 2015-16 Women's Rowing Championships will take place at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River. The multi-year event is hosted by the Pac12 Conference and is scheduled for May 29-31, 2015 and May 27-29, 2016.
"We are thrilled that the NCAA has chosen to return to Sacramento for numerous events," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Dr. Terry Wanless said. "We look forward to continuing to partner with the Sports Commission and having the ability to showcase the city of Sacramento to a national audience."
With a partnership between the University and the Sacramento Sports Commission, Hornet Stadium will receive an upgrade this spring with the installation of a new track surface. One of the first meets to take place on the track will be the 2014 U.S. Championships.