FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas has been selected to host five NCAA postseason championships, including its first NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships and its 13th NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, it was announced on Tuesday.
Arkansas will host the 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships (Women’s – May 17-22, 2019; Men’s – May 24-29, 2019) at The Blessings, marking the first time it will host the final round of an NCAA Championship, outside previous NCAA Championships in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. The Randal Tyson Track Center will welcome back the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 12-13, 2021.
In addition, Arkansas will be home to a 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional (Nov. 15, 2019), a 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary (May 23-25, 2019) and a 2022 NCAA Gymnastics Regional (April 2, 2022).
The University of Arkansas has earned a national reputation for hosting championship events. Since the Razorbacks entered the Southeastern Conference in 1992, Arkansas has hosted 92 conference and NCAA regional and national competitions.
“This is an exciting day for our student-athletes, coaches, fans and the entire Northwest Arkansas region,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “The NCAA has once again acknowledged our outstanding reputation the University of Arkansas has earned for hosting NCAA Championships. For the first time ever, we will host the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships at the Blessings Golf Club. I want to thank John Tyson for his extraordinary partnership in supporting our men’s and women’s golf program and working with us to bring the 2019 NCAA Championships to Arkansas. Simply put, without John’s support this would not happen.”
“We are pleased to host the 2021 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center for the 13th time. It remains the standard for indoor track and field venues and delivers an unrivaled championship experience for student-athletes, coaches and fans. In addition our cross country, gymnastics and outdoor track and field programs will add to their championship history by hosting NCAA competition.
“In the coming years, the University of Arkansas will host five NCAA championships in nine of our 19 sports, providing Razorback student-athletes an opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd. We are grateful to our regional partners in Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale for their active support in bringing championships to Northwest Arkansas. As a result, thousands of student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans come to Northwest Arkansas, to fill hotels and support local businesses. It is also an opportunity to showcase the University of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas while providing participants and spectators a memorable and rewarding championship experience.”
A recent study estimated the annual economic impact of Razorback Athletics to be more than $162.7 million annually.
“On behalf of the University of Arkansas and the members of Blessings Golf Club, we are honored to host the Women’s and Men’s NCAA Championship in our NW Arkansas community,” John Tyson said. “Hosting this event fits well with our goal of supporting amateur golf at its highest levels. We are looking forward to an exciting two weeks of great competition. We invite the families and friends of the young women and men competing to come join us in our community. Thank you to the NCAA for selecting us to be their partner for this collegiate championship.”
Arkansas will host the 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regionals on Nov. 15, 2019 at the Razorbacks’ home course at AGRI Park. The regionals will mark the fifth time the University of Arkansas has hosted an NCAA Cross Country regional at AGRI Park with the previous events coming in 2007, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
The Randal Tyson Track Center, home to the fastest indoor track in the world, will host the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 12-13, 2021. Since the facility’s opening in 2000, Arkansas has hosted the event 12 times, including for nine straight seasons (2000-09) and 12 of the last 18 championships. Barnhill Arena, on the University of Arkansas campus, has quickly become a familiar stop on the way to the NCAA Gymnastics Championship. For the sixth time in its history, Arkansas will host a NCAA Gymnastics Regional on April 2, 2022. Barnhill Arena served as a home site for regionals in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2017. The first three times the Razorbacks hosted, they advanced to the NCAA Championship. In two of those years, 2009 and 2012, Arkansas reached the NCAA Super Six.