College hosts Women's Basketball Championship
Hope College and Calvin College could have a chance at facing each other for a national title next weekend.
The NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship will be at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena on March 20-21.
Both Calvin and Hope are among the last 16 teams remaining.
“This is an exciting championship to host in Grand Rapids for the first time,” said Mike Guswiler, president, West Michigan Sports Commission, who submitted the winning bid with co-host Calvin College.
“Not only is it a chance to see top-ranked women’s basketball players at one of our premier sporting venues, but also hopefully some of our own West Michigan student-athletes.”
The nonprofit commission said yesterday that the event is expected to generate more than 500 hotel room nights booked and inject approximately $625,000 into the region’s economy.
Van Noord Arena will also host the 2017 event.
The women’s championship is part of multi-sport, multi-year NCAA winning bids by the West Michigan Sports Commission, which will have an estimated economic impact of $8.83 million.
“The NCAA events are a win-win all around for our region,” Guswiler said. “They not only attract some of the top collegiate athletes to our backyard for exciting sports tournaments, but they directly support our local economy by bringing teams and their travel parties to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and patronize our stores.”
The tournament’s Final Four will be played in the 4,500-seat Van Noord Arena, which also hosted the first and second rounds earlier this month.
It also hosts a game this Friday when Calvin takes on Wisconsin OshKosh.
Tickets for the Final Four can be purchased online or at the Calvin College Box Office, at 3201 Burton St. SE.
Single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Two-day passes are available for $20 for adults and $15 for students.
A family four pack of tickets is $40.
Volunteers are needed for the event.
Areas in need of help are ticket sales, security and hospitality.
Vounteers will receive a free T-shirt, meal and free entry to the game for a four-hour shift.
Volunteers can sign up online at GRChampionshipCity.com.