TheUniversity of Arkansas has been selected to host four NCAA postseasonchampionships it was announced on Wednesday. Arkansas will be home to a 2014and 2016 NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Regional, the 2015 NCAA Men's andWomen's Indoor Track and Field Championships and a 2017 NCAA Gymnastics Regional.
TheUniversity of Arkansas has earned a national reputation for hostingchampionship events. Since the Razorbacks entered the Southeastern Conferencein 1992, Arkansas has hosted 81 SEC, regional and national competitions,including 26 in the last five years alone. In addition to the fourchampionships announced on Wednesday, the University of Arkansas is alreadyscheduled to host a 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Regional at Barnhill Arena, on April5.
"Weare pleased that the University of Arkansas has once again been recognized asone of the nation's premiere hosts for NCAA championship events," ViceChancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "Hosting championshipevents at the University of Arkansas is a source of pride for our program andfor our university. It also provides our student-athletes the opportunity tocompete for conference, regional and national championships in front of theRazorback fans at some of the nation's top competition venues."
Arecent study estimated the annual economic impact of Razorback Athletics to bemore than $153.6 million annually. The same study estimated the total economic impactof the program to exceed more than $1 billion in the next five years.
"Inaddition to the more than 200 regular season athletic events we host on campuseach year, NCAA events add to the tremendous economic impact RazorbackAthletics is already having on our region," Long said. "Thousands ofstudent-athletes, coaches, officials and fans come to Northwest Arkansas, tofill hotels and support local businesses. It is also an opportunity to showcasethe University of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas while providing participantsand spectators a memorable and rewarding championship experience."
Arkansaswill host the 2014 NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Regionals on Nov. 14,2014 at the Razorbacks' home course at AGRI Park. The 2016 NCAA Regionals areset for Nov. 11, 2016 and will also be held at AGRI Park. The regionals willmark the third and fourth times, the University of Arkansas has hosted an NCAACross Country regional at AGRI Park with the previous events coming in 2007 and2012.
The Randal Tyson Track Center will host the NCAA Men's and Women'sIndoor Track and Field Championships for the 12th time in 2015. Since thefacility's opening in 2000, Arkansas has hosted the event 11 times, includingnine straight seasons and 11 of the last 13 championships. The Randal TysonCenter, home to the fastest indoor track in the world, will host the 2015 NCAAMen's and Women's Track and Field Championships, March 13-14, 2015.
BarnhillArena, on the University of Arkansas campus, has quickly become a familiar stopon the way to the NCAA Gymnastics Championship. For the fifth time in itshistory, Arkansas will host a NCAA Gymnastics Regional on April 1, 2017.Barnhill Arena served as a home site for regionals in 2006, 2009 and 2012 andis already scheduled to host again in 2014 (April 5). The first three times theRazorbacks have hosted, they have advanced to the NCAA Championship. In two ofthose years, 2009 and 2011, Arkansas reached the NCAA Super Six.
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