Colleges win bids for NCAA championships
Five NCAA championships are coming to two local colleges.
The West Michigan Sports Commission, Calvin College and Grand Valley State University succeeded in bringing the NCAA championships to the area.
The schools will host five NCAA national championships and a NCAA regional championship from 2015 through 2017.
“We were a finalist for 19 events, and we were successful in obtaining five national championships. Four are in conjunction with Calvin College,” said Kent County Commissioner Dick Vander Molen, who chairs the WMSC.
The NCAA awarded Calvin College the 2015 and 2017 Division II Women’s Basketball Championships and the 2015 and 2017 Division III Women’s Volleyball Championships.
“I know that our entire campus is looking forward to putting together a championship-level experience for the teams and the fans,” said Dr. Nancy Meyer, director of women’s athletics at Calvin.
The NCAA awarded GVSU the Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships for 2015. The university will also host the 2016 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional tourney at The Meadows.
“These schools are top of the line, and their staff and facilities deserve to host these types of events,” said WMSC Executive Director Mike Guswiler. “We are happy to be a part of them.”
The bidding process began last July, with final submissions due by mid September. The NCAA announced its selections on Tuesday, when it named 82 host cities, across 39 states, for 89 championship events from 2014 through 2018. There were 1,984 bids submitted.
“I think this will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the city of Grand Rapids,” said Jim Timmer, director of men’s sports at Calvin. “The West Michigan Sports Commission has already pledged support in assisting us in hosting these championship events and that will only enhance our role in showcasing our city.”