LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) – The NCAA has awarded the Division I field hockey and men’s and women’s cross country championships to the city of Louisville for the 2017 season.
The cross country championships will be held on Nov. 18, 2017, and the field hockey championship spans three days from Nov. 17-19.
“We really want to thank everyone who put in a bid,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances. “The competitiveness of the bids made it extremely difficult for the sport committees to select sites as there just weren’t spots for all of the great bids we received. Ultimately the sites that were selected will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans the best experience possible.”
In 2012, the University, in conjunction with the Louisville Sports Commission, served as host for the NCAA Cross Country Championships at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park.
Louisville’s home course also served as site of the 2007 and 2011 BIG EAST Conference Championships, and the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships.
“I’m thrilled to learn the NCAA Cross Country Championships are returning to Louisville in 2017,” cross country/track and field head coach Dale Cowper said. “The participants will not only be part of another great championship here, but also have a tremendous student-athlete experience in the city of Louisville.”
The field hockey championship returns to Louisville for the fifth time in school history and will be played at Trager Stadium. The event was played there in 2002, 2005, 2008, and, most recently in 2011.
The stadium, home to Louisville’s field hockey team, opened in 2000 in Cardinal Park. It features an artificial turf surface and is one of the few NCAA Division I venues dedicated solely to field hockey.
“We are excited and proud that Trager Stadium has been chosen as the site for the NCAA Championships once again,” field hockey coach Justine Sowry said. “We have arguably one of the finest facilities in the country and our staff is second to none when it comes to hosting championships. The field hockey community in Louisville is very supportive and we look forward to showcasing the best that collegiate field hockey has to offer.”
"The announcement today by the NCAA that Louisville will serve as host to two championships is a win for the University of Louisville, but more importantly, it is a huge win for the community of Louisville,” Josh Heird, assistant athletic director for facilities and championships, said. “Being awarded these events allows us to showcase our university, but more importantly showcase our great community."
Louisville was a finalist for the NCAA wrestling and women’s soccer and volleyball championships from 2014-17.