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Greater Orlando Selected to Host Seventeen NCAA Championships from 2022-2026

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ORLANDO, Fla. (October 14, 2020) – The NCAA announced today that Greater Orlando will host 17 championship events from the fall of 2022 through the spring of 2026. Under the streamlined bidding process, 86 of the NCAA’s 90 annual championships (preliminary and finals sites) were up for bid simultaneously over the four-year bid cycle, resulting in the NCAA awarding more than 450 host sites during today’s announcement. More than 3,000 bids were submitted from 46 states and Washington DC, which included 68 bids from Greater Orlando.

In Division I, the First-and-Second Rounds of Men’s Basketball will return to the Amway Center and the Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships will return to the USTA National Campus, both in 2023 with UCF serving as co-host of each. In Division II, the Spring Festival will return to Seminole and Orange Counties in 2024, co-hosted by Rollins College at multiple venues. In addition, the Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships will be held at the USTA National Campus for the first time in 2023, and will return to Sanlando Park (Seminole County) in 2024 and 2025, with Rollins College again serving as co-host. In Division III, the Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships will return to the USTA National Campus in 2023, and both the Women’s (2023) and Men’s (2026) Golf Championships will return to Mission Inn Resort & Club (Lake County), with Oglethorpe University (GA) serving as co-host for all Division III events.  See page 2 for a chart of all championships awarded to Greater Orlando by division and year.

“Today’s NCAA announcement regarding the selection of Orlando as the home of the 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships and multiple Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships at USTA National Campus further solidifies our reputation as one of the nation’s premier sports destinations and validates the ongoing investment into our rapidly growing sports infrastructure,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are greatly appreciative of all of our local and regional partners, including the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, who continue to play a vital role in the growth of the sports industry in our region.”

“These are exciting times as Central Florida was once again awarded multiple NCAA Championships today. This only reinforces how the Orlando area is one of the nation’s premier sports destinations,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. “I am eager to once again put our world-class and diverse hospitality and events industries on display, as we prepare to welcome back the NCAA. Not only do sports unite us, these events will bring millions of tourism dollars into our local economy to support our local workers and businesses.”

“On behalf of our Chairman, Faron Kelley, and our Board of Directors, as well as our funding partners, we want to thank the NCAA for awarding these championships to our region,” said Jason Siegel, President & CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. “The NCAA knows our community will come together to provide a safe and positive experience for the student-athletes that participate, as well as their families, alumni and fans who travel to watch them compete.”

NCAA championship events attract spectators and families throughout the state of Florida and from across the United States, driving significant impact to hotels, restaurants, and attractions in the Greater Orlando community. The events awarded to Greater Orlando during this bid cycle are expected to drive more than a $27M impact to the region.

Until COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the NCAA’s spring 2020 championships, GO Sports had hosted at least one NCAA national championship or regional championship every year since 1996.

Awarded Championships:

2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 Co-Host Venue Community Partner
Division I
Men’s Basketball X UCF Amway Center Orlando/Orange County
Men’s Tennis X UCF USTA National Campus Orlando/Orange County
Women’s Tennis X UCF USTA National Campus Orlando/Orange County
Division II  
Men’s Tennis X Rollins College USTA National Campus Orlando/Orange County
Women’s Tennis X Rollins College USTA National Campus Orlando/Orange County
Men’s Tennis X X Rollins College Sanlando Park Seminole County
Women’s Tennis X X Rollins College Sanlando Park Seminole County
Men’s Golf X Rollins College Orange County National GC Orange County
Women’s Golf X Rollins College Orange County National GC Orange County
Women’s Lacrosse X Rollins College Showalter Field Orange County
Softball X Rollins College Boombah-Soldiers Creek Park Seminole County
Division III  
Men’s Tennis X Oglethorpe University USTA National Campus Orlando/Orange County
Women’s Tennis X Oglethorpe University USTA National Campus Orlando/Orange County
Men’s Golf X Oglethorpe University Mission Inn Resort & Club Lake County
Women’s Golf X Oglethorpe University Mission Inn Resort & Club Lake County
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About Greater Orlando Sports Commission

GO Sports is a private, non-profit organization established to attract and manage sports-related events, conferences and activities that drive positive economic development in the City of Orlando, Lake County, Orange County, Osceola County, and Seminole County. Founded in 1993, the organization has hosted or co-hosted more than 1,450 events in the Greater Orlando area with a total economic impact exceeding $1.9 billion in spending within the community. For more information, please visit GreaterOrlandoSports.com.

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Diane Sears

Diane Sears

A career journalist, author and advocate for business growth, Diane Sears is the CEO, editor and publisher of i4 Business. She is also the founder and president of DiVerse Media LLC, which has handled content marketing projects including nonfiction books, white papers, executive speeches and scripts since 2000. She is co-founder of the nonprofit Go for the Greens Foundation, which helps connect women-owned and minority-owned business owners with growth opportunities internationally.

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