ST. LOUIS, MO/April 18, 2017 (STL.News) The NCAA announced that St. Louis will host early rounds of the Division I Men’s NCAA basketball tournament in 2020.
Scottrade Center will be the site of first and second rounds in the men’s basketball tournament March 19 and 21, 2020. The city was also selected to host the Division I wrestling championships in 2021, the eighth time St. Louis has hosted the event.
The St. Louis Sports Commission lobbied for events across all divisions. The city has not hosted the NCAA Tournament for three years. The NCAA says over 3.000 bid submissions were received and 613 sites chosen for this cycle.
Criteria for selection include optimal facilities, ease of travel and ample hotel space.
Scottrade hosted opening round games in 2016 and the Southeastern Conference tournament will be played there in 2018.
The city was also awarded Division II men’s and women’s golf and tennis and women’s lacrosse and softball, slated for May 2020.
Washington University will host the Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis championships in 2020 and Division III Women’s Volleyball in 2021.
North Carolina was awarded numerous events after the NCAA ended its ban against holding tournaments in the state. The controversy arose after North Carolina’s passage of the so-called “bathroom bill.” The state enacted a partial repeal of the bill just two weeks ago.
“We recognize the quality championships hosted by the people of North Carolina in years before HB2,” the NCAA said in an April 4 statement. “And this new law restores the state to that legal landscape: a landscape similar to other jurisdictions presently hosting NCAA championships.”