COLUMBUS, OH (Oct. 14, 2020) – Columbus will be home to eight NCAA championship events in upcoming years 2022 - 2026.  

In February, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission (Sports Commission) partnered with five universities to submit 53 bids in February to the NCAA for the 2022-2026 bidding cycle. The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, Otterbein University, Capital University and Ursuline College submitted bids with the Sports Commission for 25 championship events in 13 sports.  

Columbus was awarded the following championship events:  


  • NCAA DI Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds | Nationwide Arena  


  • NCAA NC Men’s Gymnastics Championships | Covelli Center 

  • NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball Championship | Capital Center  

  • NCAA NC Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships | French Field House 


  • NCAA NC Men’s Volleyball Championship | Covelli Center  

  • NCAA DI Women’s Golf Regionals | Ohio State Golf Club  


  • NCAA DI Men’s Golf Regionals | Ohio State Golf Club  

  • NCAA NC Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships | St. John Arena/French Field House 

“The response of our membership, host cities and local organizing committees to this process was tremendous,” said Joni Comstock, NCAA senior vice president of championships. “Thanks to their commitment, we are excited that our student-athletes will play in some of the top locations and venues in the United States.”

 NCAA reported that more than 3,000 bids were submitted for preliminary rounds and finals of 86 championships. In the announcement, NCAA broke down the amount of championships by state, “Forty-three states plus the District of Columbia were selected to host at least one NCAA championship event, with California garnering the most, with 34. Texas was second with 30, while North Carolina totaled 28, followed by Pennsylvania with 27 and Ohio with 25.” 

“Columbus is an established host city for NCAA championship events,” said Linda Shetina Logan, executive director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. “The combination of our universities, hotels, walkable footprint and collaborative approach makes our city an ideal location to host student-athletes, coaches, media and fans.”  
Columbus has hosted more than 100 NCAA events over the past 25 years and will be home to eight NCAA events in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. 

More than 450 preliminary and final host cities were selected by the NCAA. You can read the full release by the NCAA here.  
The total list of bids submitted include: 

NCAA Championship Events 

Academic Year 


Division I Men’s Basketball Championship –First/Second Rounds  

March 2022-2026 

Nationwide Arena 

Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships 

March 2022-2024 

Ohio State 
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion 

Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship 

December 2024-2026 

Nationwide Arena 

Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships 

March 2024-2026 

Ohio State 
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion 

Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four 

April 2022 –2024 

Nationwide Arena 

Division I Women’s Golf – Regionals 

May 2024 –2026 

Ohio State Golf Club 

Division I Men’s Golf – Regionals 

May 2024-2026 

Ohio State Golf Club 

Division I Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals 

May 2022 -2026 

Ohio Stadium 

Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight 

March 2023-2025 

Ohio Dominican University 
Alumni Hall 

Division II Fall Festival 

Fall 2022–2023 

Otterbein University  

Division III Women’s Basketball Championship 

March 2023-2026 

Capital University 
Capital Center 

Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship 

November 2022-2026 

Capital University 
Capital Center 

National Collegiate Rifle Championship 

March 2024-2026 

Ohio State 
St. John Arena/French Field House 

National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship 

April 2022-2026 

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl 

National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Regionals 

April 2022-2026 

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl 

National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Championship 

April 2023-2024 

Ohio State 
Covelli Center 

National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics 

March 2022-2023 

Ohio State 
Covelli Center 

National Collegiate Fencing Championship 

March 2022-2024 

Ohio State 
French Field House 

National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship 

May 2022-2023 and May 2024-2025 

Ohio State 
Covelli Center