REGION ALSO AWARDED MEN’S HOCKEY REGIONAL AND OTHER EVENTS AS PART OF NCAA’S FUTURE SITE SELECTIONS
ST. LOUIS – Oct. 14, 2020 – The NCAA Men’s Frozen Four and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are returning to St. Louis. As part of its future site selections, announced today, the NCAA awarded the St. Louis region the 2025 Men’s Frozen Four and 2026 Men’s Basketball First/Second Rounds. Both events will take place at Enterprise Center.
The St. Louis Sports Commission partnered with Enterprise Center and the University of Vermont on the successful bid for the Frozen Four, and Enterprise Center and the Missouri Valley Conference for the First/Second Rounds. Additionally, St. Louis has been awarded the 2023 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships (Fox Run Golf Club), 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional (Centene Community Ice Center), and the 2024 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center).
The site selections culminated the NCAA’s current bid process for most of its events from Fall 2022 to Spring 2026.
“To secure the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four and the NCAA Men’s Basketball First/Second Rounds is an especially important accomplishment because they are among the most high-profile, visitor-intensive events,” said St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito. “We’re grateful for the efforts of Enterprise Center and the investment that was recently made to upgrade the facility, which was instrumental in us being able to secure the events that will take place at the venue. We also salute the many institutional and venue partners who stepped up to help bring these events to our community.”
- From 1998 to 2026, St. Louis will have hosted at least one NCAA championship event in every year but three.
- In 2025, St. Louis will host the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four for the first time since 2007. The event will be hosted by the Sports Commission, St. Louis Blues and the University of Vermont. 19,432 watched the 2007 Men’s Frozen Four championship game at Enterprise Center, which remains the second-highest championship game attendance for a Frozen Four played in an arena.
- St. Louis will also host its first NCAA Division I Hockey Regional since 2011 when the Sports Commission and Lindenwood University produce the 2024 event at Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights.
- The NCAA Men’s Basketball First/Second Rounds in 2026, hosted by the Missouri Valley Conference, marks the 15thtime St. Louis has hosted a men’s or women’s NCAA basketball postseason event since 1993.
In addition to the events awarded as part of the 2022-2026 bid cycle, St. Louis is already set to host the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Enterprise Center and Arch Madness (the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament) at Enterprise Center in March 2021. The Sports Commission will produce the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Gymnastics at Enterprise Center in June 2021, just weeks before the Tokyo Olympic Games.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED TO ST. LOUIS
|EVENT||VENUE||NCAA HOST INSTITUTION|
|2023 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships||Fox Run Golf Club (Eureka, Mo.)||University of Missouri – St. Louis|
|2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional||Centene Community Ice Center||Lindenwood University|
|2024 NCAA Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships||Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center||Washington University in St. Louis|
|2025 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four||Enterprise Center||University of Vermont|
|2026 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball First/Second Rounds||Enterprise Center||Missouri Valley Conference|