Open for Business and Up for Bid: NAIA Winter Celebration of Champions
4 Jun, 2020By: Mary Helen Sprecher
Need more proof the economy is hitting the restart button? Here it is: The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has opened the bid process to host the 2023 NAIA Winter Celebration of Champions. This bid will include hosting both the 2023 NAIA Indoor Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championship in addition to the 2023 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving championships.
The indoor track and field championship is a three day event that culminates in the crowning of both the men’s and women’s champions for the year. The event consists of approximately 100 men’s and 100 women’s teams for a total of over 1,100 participants. Approximately 3,000 fans attend this event annually.
Swimming and Diving is a four day event that includes over 400 student-athletes and just shy of 1,000 fans on average. All totaled, the winning bid will host over 1,500 student-athletes and upwards of 4,000 fans over the same four-day span.
Beyond the economic impact to the community, the NAIA gives its hosts significant opportunities to realize a return on the investment. The NAIA model transfers all revenue rights (ticket sales, sponsorship, rebates, etc.) to the winning bidder.
Below are some of the key benefits in hosting the NAIA Winter Celebration of Champions.
- Hotel room block: 900
- Average length of stay: Four to five nights
- Total participants: 1,550
- Total fans: Between 4,000
- For a more detailed look, click HERE
The deadline for bids to become a host for the 2023 NAIA Winter Celebration of Champions is September 1, 2020.
For more information on becoming an NAIA Championship Host, click HERE.
For more information about the economic impact NAIA championships have on the host’s region, click HERE.
ABOUT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS (NAIA) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. NAIA members provide more than 77,000 student-athletes with opportunities to play college sports, earn $800 million in scholarships and compete in 27 national championships. www.naia.org | @NAIA