SAP Center and Avaya Stadium to Host Division I Men’s Basketball and Women’s Soccer Championship Events

SAN JOSE, California – The NCAA announced today that San Jose will be the site of three NCAA Division I Championship events as it unveiled a list of future hosts for events to be held from 2017-18 through 2021-22.

In partnership with the West Coast Conference, the San Jose Sports Authority and SAP Center at San Jose will host the 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds.

“We are honored to have been selected once again by the NCAA and the sport committees to host these premier Division I Championships in the Capital of Silicon Valley.” said San Jose Sports Authority Executive Director Patricia Ernstrom. “Together with our partners at the West Coast Conference, San Jose Earthquakes and SAP Center at San Jose we are excited to deliver a world-class experience for each participating student-athlete and for everyone who takes part in these amazing events.”

“SAP Center at San Jose is excited to be hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s basketball tournament once again in 2021,” said John Tortora, Chief Operating Officer of SAP Center at San Jose.  “We’d like to thank the NCAA for, once again, selecting SAP Center at San Jose to host this prestigious sporting event.  SAP Center has a strong track record of hosting these types of events including, most recently, the 2017 NCAA Men’s Division I Basket West Regional held in March.  We are looking forward to partnering with the West Coast Conference and San Jose Sports Authority on this endeavor.”

The San Jose Sports Authority and West Coast Conference will again partner with the San Jose Earthquakes to host the 2019 and 2021 Division I Women’s Soccer College Cups at Avaya Stadium.

“The Earthquakes are proud that the NCAA has once again selected Avaya Stadium to host this great event,” said Earthquakes Chief Operating Officer Jared Shawlee. “We would like to thank the West Coast Conference and the San Jose Sports Authority for their hard work on the bid and for helping bring another great event to the City of San Jose. With the success of the tournament here last year, we’re excited to provide our community more opportunities to watch these talented athletes.”

Most recently, San Jose hosted the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball West Regional at SAP Center and the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship at Avaya Stadium when the event was relocated from North Carolina by the NCAA.

“The West Coast Conference is honored to host for the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds and the 2019 and 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championships,” said WCC Commissioner Lynn Holzman. “The San Jose Sports Authority, the SAP Center and Avaya Stadium are great partners and we look forward to providing a memorable experience for the student-athletes and fans. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the West Coast Conference and the San Francisco Bay Area to a national audience.”

According to the NCAA, the organization 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.

Criteria for selecting the host sites included creating what will be an exceptional experience for the student-athletes, along with adherence to NCAA bid specifications. Specifications can include, but are not limited to, providing optimal facilities; ease of travel to the location and ample lodging; and adherence to NCAA principles, which include providing an atmosphere that is safe and respects the dignity of all attendees.

 

Date Championship Venue
Dec. 6-8, 2019 NCAA DI Women’s Soccer College Cup Avaya Stadium – San Jose, CA
Dec. 3-5, 2021 NCAA DI Women’s Soccer College Cup Avaya Stadium – San Jose, CA
March 19 & 21, 2021 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball First & Second Rounds SAP Center –

San Jose, CA

 

About the San Jose Sports Authority

The San Jose Sports Authority is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the City of San Jose’s economic development, visibility and civic pride through sports. Serving as the City’s sports commission since in 1991, the Sports Authority has provided leadership and support to attract and host hundreds of sporting events in San Jose and the South Bay. The Sports Authority also supports and operates community, youth and amateur sports programs, including the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame and the REACH Youth Scholarship Program. To learn more, visit www.sjsa.org.

 

About SAP Center at San Jose

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SAP Center at San Jose is the premier sports and entertainment venue in Northern California. Each year, SAP Center hosts approximately 175 events featuring professional and amateur athletes, Olympic athletes, Grammy award-winners, international recording artists, and a variety of performers who appeal to children and families alike. SAP Center at San Jose is home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. For more information about SAP Center at San Jose and for a list of upcoming events, visit the SAP Center home page at www.sapcenter.com.

 

About Avaya Stadium

Avaya Stadium, home to Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes, is an 18,000-seat soccer-specific stadium located on Coleman Ave. adjacent to the San Jose International Airport. The European-inspired building is the first cloud-enabled venue in MLS and is among the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world. The stadium features a canopy roof and the steepest-raked seating in MLS to provide the best possible fan experience. Additionally, the north end zone houses the largest outdoor bar in North America, a two-acre fan zone and a double-sided video scoreboard. The suites and club seats are located at field level, giving fans a premium experience unlike any other in professional sports. The stadium has hosted numerous non-Major League Soccer events since its inaugural season in 2015, including the International Champions Cup, which featured Manchester United and Club America, the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, the 2016 Major League Soccer All-Star Game against Arsenal FC and a FIFA Men’s World Cup Qualifier between the United States and Honduras. For more information about Avaya Stadium, visit sjearthquakes.com.

 

About the West Coast Conference

The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 15 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, beach volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics. For more information, visit WCCsports.com or follow the West Coast Conference on Twitter @WCCsports