NCAA awards UT Tyler softball World Series in 2019 and 2020


The NCAA loves holding events in the city of Tyler and the Lone Star State.

UT Tyler was selected to host the 2019 and 2020 NCAA Division III Softball World Series at Suddenlink Field, the NCAA announced from its headquarters in Indianapolis on Tuesday.

“We are honored that the NCAA had such a great experience the first time we hosted to award us this honor again,” UT Tyler head coach Mike Reed said. “It’s another opportunity for us to showcase this amazing community, university and softball facility. For our program, it further shows our players and recruits that we offer one of the premiere facilities in the nation.”

UT Tyler will host the tournaments May 23 to 28, 2019, and then again from May 21 to 26, 2020. The Patriots won the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship and UT Tyler was the 2015 national runner-up in Salem, Virginia, after hosting the 2014 tournament in Tyler.

The NCAA has selected more than 600 host sites for preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III to be held from 2017-18 through 2021-22.

“UT Tyler is very excited to be chosen as the site for the 2019 and 2020 NCAA DIII Softball Championships,” Dr. Howard Patterson, athletic director and vice president of student affairs. “We look forward to partnering with the NCAA and the DIII Women’s Softball Committee to provide another great experience for the visiting student athlete, coaches, staff and fans.”

The 2017 and 2018 DIII World Series is scheduled for at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Salem will host again in 2021 and 2022.

The NCAA received more than 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities vying to host predetermined rounds for 84 of the NCAA’s 90 championships. A total of 613 sites were awarded for this cycle. The respective NCAA sports committees and the divisional championships cabinets/committees reviewed the bid proposals and selected the sites.

There were 43 states selected to host at least one round of an NCAA championship, with Pennsylvania leading the way with a total of 53. Florida was awarded the second most with 51, while Indiana totaled 41, the third highest.


For the first time since 1970, Fort Worth will host first- and second-round Division I men’s basketball games in 2022. The games will be March 17 and 19.

The City of Fort Worth and TCU will host at the new multipurpose arena in Cowtown – dubbed on Tuesday as Dickies Arena.

Crews held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the arena Tuesday, near the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Construction officially began just after this year’s Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

The new arena is set to become the new home of the stock show when it opens in 2019, but will also host concerts, hockey and basketball events. It will hold 9,300 people for equestrian events, 12,200 for family shows and hockey games, 13,000 for basketball and 14,000 for concerts, according to the arena’s website.

The arena will also host the 2019 through 2022 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. Texas Woman’s University will be the hosts.

Joining Fort Worth for NCAA Division I men’s basketball events include:

First- and second-round games at American Airlines Center, Dallas, March 18 and 20, 2022 (Big 12 hosts);

Regional games at Toyota Center, Houston, March 27 and 29, 2020 (University of Houston hosts);

And regional games at AT&T Center, San Antonio, March 24 and 26, 2022 (University of Texas at San Antonio hosts).

Other Division I events in Texas include:

Women’s regional basketball at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, March 27 to 30, 2020 (SMU hosts);

Men’s Golf Regional at Traditions Club in College Station, May 15 to 18, 2022 (Texas A&M University hosts);

Men’s Swimming & Diving National Championships at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, March 27 to 30, 2019 (University of Texas at Austin hosts);

Women’s Swimming & Diving National Championships at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, March 20 to 23, 2019 (University of Texas at Austin hosts);

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional at Dale Watts ’71 Cross Country Course in College Station, Nov. 9, 2018 (Texas A&M University hosts);

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional at Dale Watts ’71 Cross Country Course in College Station, Nov. 13, 2020 (Texas A&M University hosts);

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco, Nov. 12, 2021 (Baylor University hosts);

Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Prelims at Texas A&M Outdoor Track & Field in College Station, May 27 to 28, 2021 (Texas A&M University hosts);


Men’s Golf Regional at Paolma Golf Club in Amarillo, May 7 to 9, 2018 (West Texas A&M University hosts);

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional at The Range Cross Country Course in Canyon, Nov. 9 or 10, 2019 (West Texas A&M University hosts);

Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Javelin Stadium in Kingsville, May 23 to 25, 2019 and May 21 to 23, 2020 (Texas A&M-Kingsville University hosts);


The final game of the 2018 Division III Football Championship will be played at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Shenandoah, near The Woodlands and Conroe, marking the first time in 26 years that the game will be played somewhere other than Salem, Virginia. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will host along with the city of Shenandoah. The 2018 game is set for either Dec. 14 or 15, while the 2019 game is scheduled for Dec. 20 or 21.

Women’s Golf Regional at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, May 14 to 17, 2019 (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Houston Sports Authority, hosts);

Women’s Golf Regional at Woodlands Country Club in The Woodlands, May 10 to 13, 2022 (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and city of Shenandoah, hosts).

“We want to thank everyone who submitted a bid for this cycle of championship site selections and for their continued commitment during the process,” said Joni Comstock, NCAA senior vice president of championships. “We look forward to working with our membership, the cities and local organizing committees who may host for the first time, as well as the groups who will repeat as host sites. I also want to acknowledge and thank the sports committees that reviewed these exceptional bids and made the selections based on providing the best possible experience for our student-athletes, coaches and spectators.”

“Working with our valued host institutions and conferences, as well as sports commissions and cities, to create a great atmosphere for student-athletes, coaches and fans with the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments is our goal every year,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball. “We’re looking forward to working with the groups that earned preliminary-round basketball sites, as well as the local organizing committees already slated to host NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours.”

Six championships were not included in this bid cycle. Division I baseball, Division I softball, Division I men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, which is tallied as two separate championships, and the Football Championship Subdivision game were omitted due to existing contracts. The sixth championship, Division III women’s ice hockey, does not select predetermined sites.

Other noted events:

Dayton will continue to host the NCAA First Four through at least 2022, as it has served as the site for the start of the Division I men’s basketball tournament since 2001. University of Dayton Arena has hosted 117 men’s basketball tournament games, the most of any facility.

2022 will mark a return of NCAA basketball to three cities that have not hosted the men’s tournament in decades. The men’s West Regional will be played in San Francisco, which has not been a tournament site since 1960, while Fort Worth, which hasn’t been a tournament site since 1970, will host 2022 first- and second-round games. Cincinnati also will host first- and second-round action, marking the first time in 30 years the tournament will have been staged there.

2019 also will mark a return of men’s tournament action to sites that have not recently hosted the event. Columbia, South Carolina, last hosted games in 1970, while Hartford, Connecticut, has not served as host since 1998.

Previous cities selected to host future Men’s Final Fours include San Antonio (2018), Minneapolis (2019), Atlanta (2020), Indianapolis (2021) and New Orleans (2022).


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