RFP: NAIA 2026 & 2027 Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championships | Sports Destination Management

RFP: NAIA 2026 & 2027 Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championships

Feb 02, 2024 | By: SDM Staff

Here’s something worth cheering about: NAIA is seeking bids for its Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championships in 2026 and 2027.

Full information is available on NAIA’s site at this link.

Rights Fee: $5,000 (Minimum)

Dates: March 27-28, 2026; March 26-27, 2027 (Friday to Saturday)

Athlete Information:

  • 12 dance teams (maximum of 16 competitors on each team)
  • 15 cheer teams (maximum of 20 competitors on each team)

NAIA Cheer RFPEstimated Number of Participants & Fans:

  • 500 athletes (competitors, alternates, head/assistant coaches)
  • Approximately 2,000 fans

Materials you’ll need:

NAIA Championship Host Manual & Style Guide 

Bid Packet

Venue needs are as follows:

  • Arena with bowl or raised seating. Floor space should be large enough to accommodate cheer matting (see below).
  • Cheer must have nine (9) strips carpeted matting equaling 42 feet x 54 feet (1 3/8 inch thick).
  • Dance should have a wood or marley floor with dimensions 40 feet x 53 feet.
  • A separate warm-up space must be provided that is located in the same venue.
  • An area for officials must be located without interruption from spectators and above the performance area.
  • The competition floor and warm-up area must have appropriate lighting, visible timers and proper sound equipment.
  • Spectator seating must be provided for a minimum of 2,000 people.

Hotel specifications are as follows:

  • One headquarters hotel within 15 minutes of the venue; should have comfortable rooms, meeting rooms and a banquet hall.
  • The banquet hall would potentially host a dinner for approximately 600 people.
  • Overflow/alternate housing (1-2 hotels) for fans is also requested.
  • The average stay per attendee is two nights.
  • Room Block: 250
  • Room rate range of $99-$135, regardless of room occupancy
  • Participants will work directly with the hotel to make reservations and submit payment.

Event History:

2022-23: Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center; Ypsilanti, Michigan

2019-21: Lee Lohman Arena, St. Ambrose University; Davenport, Iowa

2017-18: Abe Lemons Arena, Oklahoma City University; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

All bids are due on or by June 1, 2024 to Fred Aubuchon, Championship Sport Manager | 816-595-8339 | faubuchon@naia.org (Questions can also be directed here.)