Big NCAA Win for Team Massachusetts
18 Dec, 2013
NCAA Hockey, Field Hockey, Fencing, Volleyball, and Baseball Will be Hosted in MA
After an extremely competitive bid process Massachusetts venues today were awarded 4 NCAA Championships and 2 Regional Events. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body for college sports, has capped off its largest bid process in program history today, announcing more than 430 sites for 2014-2018 chosen from 1,984 bids submitted to the NCAA in September 2013.
The Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office collaborated with participating institutions to submit a “Team Massachusetts” bid outlining the 5 year plan for the Commonwealth to host these events. Massachusetts has been home to over 50 NCAA championship and regional events in the past 15 years. The Commonwealth’s enthusiasm in hosting these events will be seen and heard by the fans in attendance. A list of the winning bids is below.
“We are pleased that Massachusetts has been chosen to hosts these championship and regional events”, said Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. “It gives us the opportunity to welcome NCAA athletes and fans to the Commonwealth and showcase all that we have to offer.”
The winning bids:
- Men’s Hockey Finals (2015) - hosted by Hockey East at TD Garden
- Men’s Hockey Regionals (2016) - hosted by Holy Cross at the DCU Center
- Field Hockey Championships (2016) hosted by Stonehill at WB Mason Stadium
- Baseball Regionals (2014) hosted by Eastern College Athletic Conference at Whitehouse Field in Harwich
- Men’s Volleyball Championships (2017) hosted by Springfield College at Blake Arena
- National Collegiate M/W Fencing Championships (2016) hosted by Brandeis at Gosman Sports and Convocation Center
"We are thrilled with today's announcement that the TD Garden is to host the NCAA Div. I Men's Frozen Four in 2015," said Amy Latimer, President of TD Garden. "The TD Garden is an established Hub of Hockey, home of the Boston Bruins, and the annual college hockey Beanpot tournament and Hockey East championships. Coupled with the region's love for hockey, Boston is an ideal host for this elite event. Our great partnerships with Hockey East, the MA Sports Partnership and the backing of the City and the Commonwealth are credited with helping us attract these huge national events to Boston."
“We are thrilled to once again have the opportunity to host the NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship," said Director of Athletics Cathie Schweitzer. "When we hosted the inaugural championship in 2012, it was an incredible event for our entire campus community and we look forward to once again putting together an event that will provide student-athletes with an unforgettable experience.”
“Stonehill College is thrilled to be selected as the host for the 2016 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships. W.B. Mason Stadium and our entire campus are wonderful venues to host an event that is the pinnacle for so many student-athletes and coaches. We look forward to hosting the NCAA, the student-athletes, coaches and fans from the institutions that qualify. Most importantly, we hope that Stonehill field hockey program has an opportunity to compete for and win an NCAA National Championship at home in 2016.”
“Competitive baseball is synonymous with Cape Cod and the ECAC,” said ECAC Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss. “We’re so grateful to the NCAA for selecting us to host the Division III New England Baseball Regional for a second straight year and look forward to another exciting tournament.”
"We are thrilled to host the NCAA National Collegiate Fencing championships for the fourth time," Brandeis Director of Athletics Sheryl Sousa said. "It's a tremendous event that features world-class fencers from Division I, II and III institutions. Our campus and staff look forward to welcoming them to Brandeis and to Waltham."
Historically, the DCU Center has hosted hockey regionals 12 times and will host again in 2014. The TD Garden has hosted the Frozen Four in 1998 and 2004. Championship Field Hockey was hosted at Stonehill College in 2009. Baseball Regionals were hosted 7 times at Whitehouse Field in Harwich. The inaugural championship men’s volleyball was hosted by Springfield College in 2012. National fencing championship was hosted by Brandies University in 1994, 1999 and 2004.