LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – For college athletes in many sports, the road to an NCAA championship will come through Louisville.
It was announced December 11 that the NCAA bring 13 national championship events to Louisville in the near future.
Starting with a big championship festival to set the stage next fall, the city will host athletes from all over the country for Division I, II and III championships in soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country over the next four years.
"It will bring several thousand athletes to Kentucky," said Karl Schmitt, executive director of the Louisville Sports Commission. "One of the neat things is the Division II championship festival which Bellarmine will be hosting next fall. That's six national championships in the same city on the same weekend."
In December 2014, Bellarmine will host the Division II cross country championship at E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The soccer and volleyball finals will be held on campus at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium and Knights Hall, while the field hockey title match will take place at the University of Louisville.
In 2016, Spalding University will host the Division III men's and women's cross country championships.
In 2017, UofL, Bellarmine and Spalding will host the field hockey championships for their respective divisions. UofL will also host the Division I men's and women's cross country championships.
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