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Sioux Falls, Sanford Pentagon chosen to host NCAA championships

(Sioux Falls, SD) – NCAA officials announced Wednesday the City of Sioux Falls has been chosen to host eight Division II national championships over four years beginning in 2015, six of which will be held at the Sanford Pentagon.

NCAA_logo_200X200Championships include 2015, 2016 and 2018 women’s basketball; 2016 volleyball; 2016 wrestling; 2017 and 2018 men’s basketball; and 2018 men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.

The Pentagon will host the basketball and volleyball championships. Wrestling will be held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, and the University of Sioux Falls Lillibridge Track & Field Complex will host outdoor track and field.

"This is truly a historic moment for the City of Sioux Falls and the entire state of South Dakota,” said Wes Hall, executive director of the Sioux Falls Sports Authority. “By entrusting us with these championships, the NCAA has put its faith in Sioux Falls and we will not disappoint.”

The Sioux Falls Sports Authority submitted 19 NCAA championship bids in September, covering a wide range of Division I and Division II events from 2015 to 2018. On Oct. 30, the City of Sioux Falls was selected as a finalist to host Division II men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, Division II men’s basketball, Division II women’s basketball, Division II women’s volleyball and Division II wrestling. A total of 1,948 bids were received by the NCAA as part of the site-selection effort.

NCAA Championship Dates
2015 Division II Women's Basketball: March 27, 28 & 30 (Sanford Pentagon)
2016 Division II Women's Basketball: March 22, 23, &25 (Sanford Pentagon)
2016 Division II Wrestling: March 11-12 (Denny Sanford Premier Center)
2016 Division II Women's Volleyball: Dec. 8-10 (Sanford Pentagon)
2017 Division II Men's Basketball: March 22, 23 & 25 (Sanford Pentagon)
2018 Division II Outdoor Track & Field: May 24-26 (USF Lillibridge Track & Field Complex)
2018 Division II Women's Basketball: March 27, 28 & 30 (Sanford Pentagon)
2018 Division II Men's Basketball: March 28, 29 & 31 (Sanford Pentagon)

About the Sioux Falls Sports Authority

The Sioux Falls Sports Authority was formed in 2006 by community leaders to recruit major sporting events to the Sioux Falls area. The organization attracts international, national, regional, and state sporting events by operating, leasing, enhancing or owning sports facilities in the Sioux Falls area. It is run by a Board of Directors made up of 15 community members, an Executive Director, and Project Director.

About the Sanford Pentagon
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, SD, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball.

The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball tournaments and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information, visit sanfordpentagon.com.


Contact:

Wes Hall
Executive Director, Sioux Falls Sports Authority
(605) 373-2041 / whall@siouxfalls.com

Tim Gerszewski
Sanford Media Strategist – Sioux Falls Region
(605) 366-2432 / timothy.gerszewski@sanfordhealth.org
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