INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Wednesday (Oct. 14) that the University of Michigan has been selected to host three postseason events — a 2024 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regionals, serving as the host site of the 2024 NCAA Field Hockey Championship semifinal and championship games and the 2025 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships.
Each event will be held on campus in Ann Arbor with Phyllis Ocker Field Hockey Field hosting the field hockey event and Crisler Center hosting both gymnastics events. Specific dates for the events will be announced at a later date.
“We are grateful to the NCAA for once again entrusting the University of Michigan to host these championship events,” said Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “We have outstanding facilities, dedicated staff, and a long history of hosting championships both here in Ann Arbor and in Detroit. We look forward to welcoming participating schools, student-athletes, and fans to Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan and greater Detroit.”
This is the third time for this specific NCAA championship bid process, which created the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 86 championships across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This process now gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience.
Bidding for 86 of 90 NCAA championships began in August 2019 and more than 3,000 bid applications were ultimately submitted. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in more than 450 total championship event sites being awarded. More than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships each year. The four championships not included in the process due to preexisting site arrangements are: Division I baseball, Division I football, Division I softball and Division III women’s ice hockey.
The 2025 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship in Crisler Center will be the fourth time the University of Michigan will play host to an NCAA men’s gymnastics national championship. Michigan was scheduled to host the 2020 championships before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of all winter and spring events. Michigan hosted the event in 1951, 1971 and 2014, with the latter two events being held at Crisler. The Wolverines captured the 2014 NCAA Championship in their last turn as host, with Sam Mikulak capturing the all-around and parallel bar national titles.
The three events awarded on Wednesday add to a growing portfolio of championship events being hosted by U-M. The NCAA had previously awarded seven championship events to U-M between 2019-2022, with five events remaining on the books.
Michigan will host the 2021 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, 2022 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regionals, 2022 NCAA Women’s Golf Regional, 2022 NCAA Water Polo Championship and 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
The 2021 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, which will feature Michigan hosting the the NCAA semifinals and championship games on Nov. 19-21, 2021, at Phyllis Ocker Field. Michigan previously hosted the championship event in 2015 and has served as a regional host for the NCAA first and second rounds on three occasions (2001, ’04, ’07).
Crisler Center was selected as the host venue for NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regionals, scheduled for April 2, 2022. That event will mark the 10th time that Ann Arbor has played host for an NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional, with the 2024 Regionals slated to be U-M’s 11th time hosting. Michigan won in five of its previous host roles and advanced to NCAA Championship in seven.
The University of Michigan Golf Course will serve as the site for a 2022 NCAA Women’s Golf Regional, scheduled for May 9-11, 2022. The course has hosted three NCAA Regionals, most recently an NCAA Men’s Golf Regional in 2012, and one NCAA Final (1947). Michigan’s new $15 million, 23,000-square-foot clubhouse opened in 2017.
The NCAA Water Polo Championship will return to Canham Natatorium on May 13-15, 2022, and will mark the third time that Michigan has hosted the national event (2005, 2011).
The 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships is slated for March 17-19, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena. Michigan previously teamed with the Detroit Sports Commission to host the 2007 NCAA Championships at the Palace of Auburn Hills, while U-M also hosted the 1934 tournament at the Intramural Building on campus.
Little Caesars Arena anchors a sports and entertainment district in downtown Detroit and serves as home to the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings organizations. The $732 million arena has a seating capacity of 20,000, while the surrounding area — “The District Detroit” — features hotels, restaurants and retail outlets.
Michigan has previously hosted 16 NCAA championships — covering eight different sports — on campus since 1932.
Upcoming NCAA Events to Be Hosted by U-M
|Nov. 19-21, 2021||2021 NCAA Field Hockey Championship||Phyllis Ocker Field|
|March 17-19, 2022||2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships||Little Caesars Arena (Detroit)|
|April 2, 2022||2022 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regionals||Crisler Center|
|May 9-11, 2022||2022 NCAA Women’s Golf Regional||U-M Golf Course|
|May 13-15, 2022||2022 NCAA Water Polo Championship||Canham Natatorium|
|TBA||2024 NCAA Field Hockey Championship||Phyllis Ocker Field|
|TBA||2024 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regionals||Crisler Center|
|TBA||2025 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship||Crisler Center|