The regionals will mark the fifth time, the University of Arkansas has hosted an NCAA Cross Country regional at AGRI Park with the previous events coming in 2007, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today (Tuesday, April 18) that the University of MI has been selected to host seven postseason events - the 2019 and 2022 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Regionals, 2020 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship, 2021 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, 2022 NCAA Women's Golf Regional, 2022 NCAA Water Polo Championship and 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The Missouri Valley Conference will be the host.
Smith said he thinks the fact OSU is hosting NCAA-sanctioned events will boost Cowboy Jamboree participation for the next few years.
The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States is established to set rules for college sports in the United States. Lloyd Noble Center most recently hosted the event in 2015, where the Sooners claimed the regional title.
"The NCAA wisely chose to let past differences between it and some members of the N.C. legislature not get in the way of its great relationship with the state's facilities, cities, universities and fans", said Todd McFall, a sports economist at Wake Forest.
The course's layout, drainage and spectator vantage points have drawn compliments, but - as with spectator events at University Ridge - parking and access have been concerns.
The 2017 and 2018 DIII World Series is scheduled for at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
UW's bid to host the 2019 Women's Frozen Four at LaBahn Arena wasn't selected. In 2013, the first time the NCAA made this type of announcement, Kansas City landed 14 championships, including some for which it had not submitted a bid. "It's always nice to have a home-court advantage, too".
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.
The NCAA Tournament Regional will be held in Omaha next year. North Carolina became eligible again when state lawmakers negotiated a compromise bill.
Transylvania was awarded the right to host the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's National Championship, to be held at the Keene Trace Golf Club in nearby Nicholasville.
NC State will host six future NCAA competitions as the NCAA announced host sites for preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Division I Tuesday.
"It is a tremendous honor for West Virginia University to host the 2019 NCAA Rifle Championships", WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said.