The US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that it has selected Las Vegas to be the host site for nine preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III to be held for the 2022-23 through 2025-26 academic years.
Steve Hill, CEO and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), said: “We’re thrilled with the NCAA’s decision to award nine events to Las Vegas over the 2022-23 to 2025-26 school years. Las Vegas will provide both the student athletes and their fans an unparalleled experience. Welcoming events of this calibre is important to the destination as we continue to evolve into the Sports Capital of the World.”
The LVCVA partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to submit 98 bids to host NCAA Championship Events from Division I, II and III, including tennis, golf, football, softball, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, bowling and volleyball.
Desiree Reed-Francois, UNLV director of athletics, said: “We are thrilled to welcome upcoming NCAA Championships to Las Vegas and we cannot wait to showcase our great community to participating student-athletes, coaches, their fans and the nation!
“We are grateful for the partnerships with our local and regional leaders to ensure that Las Vegas is as well-equipped as any city in the nation to host world-class events… Today is a great day for UNLV and for the City of Las Vegas.”
In addition to bids submitted by the LVCVA, MGM Resorts International partnered with UNLV to apply for events and was awarded the 2023 Division I Men’s Basketball Regional, to be held at T-Mobile Arena. MGM Resorts also collaborated with Las Vegas Events and was awarded the 2026 Frozen Four Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship at T-Mobile Arena.
George Kliavkoff, president of entertainment and sports for MGM Resorts, said: “T-Mobile Arena and MGM Resorts have hosted a wide variety of large scale, championship sporting events and we’re confident that we’ll deliver a world class Las Vegas experience for the student-athletes, their families and the fans.”
This was the first time Las Vegas has been permitted to submit bids. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports betting nationwide, in May 2019 the NCAA changed its policy, allowing Las Vegas to apply to host title events.