Last week, the NCAA announced more than 450 selections of host sites for preliminary rounds and final sites of championships in Divisions I, II, and III, with most to be held from 2022-23 through 2025-26. The University of Denver is set to host two Hockey Regional playoffs in 2022 and 2026 in Loveland (in addition to hosting the West Regional in 2021, depending on the Covid-19 situation) and a Gymnastics Regional in 2023 at DU’s Magness Arena.
The winner of the two hockey regionals in Loveland advance to the Frozen Fours in Boston (2022) and Las Vegas (2026), respectively. The Women’s Gymnastics Regional at Magness Arena recognizes the growing significance of Denver as a gymnastics hub.
Locally, the Metropolitan State University of Denver is hosting cross country events in 2022 and 2024 in nearby Washington Park. And, CU-Boulder will be hosting the National Ski Championships in Steamboat Springs in 2024.
It was disappointing to see that Division I lacrosse regionals and/or finals would not come to the Rocky Mountain Region. In the eyes of the NCAA, lacrosse remains an east coast sport with only a pair of non-Atlantic seaboard regionals at Notre Dame and Ohio State over the next five years.
Unfortunately, NCAA soccer postseason play, men’s and women’s, will miss the state of Colorado as well. Colorado will have to wait until 2028 for another chance to land ‘the beautiful game’.
Below is a list of the NCAA events that will take place in Colorado between 2022-2026:
2022 D-2 Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Regional, Washington Park, Denver, Host- CSU Pueblo
D-1 Men’s Hockey Regional Regional, Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, Host – University of Denver
2023 D-1 Men’s Basketball First & Second Round, Pepsi Center, Denver, Host – Mountain West Conference
D-1 Woman’s Gymnastics Regional, Magness Arena, Denver, Host – University of Denver
D-2 Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Championships, Derose Thunder Bowl, Pueblo, Host- CSU-Pueblo
2024 D-2 Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Regionals, Washington Park, Host – Metropolitan State University Denver
D-1 Ski Championship Finals, Steamboat Springs, Host – CU Boulder
2025 D-1 Men’s Basketball, First and Second Round, Pepsi Center, Host – Mountain West Conference
D-2 Men’s & Women’s Track and Field finals, Thunder Bowl, Host – CSU – Pueblo
2026 D-1 Men’s Hockey Regionals, Budweiser Events Center/Loveland, Host – University of Denver