Mountain West & Denver Awarded Future NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced today that Denver and the Mountain West will be the host city of the 2023 and 2025 NCAA Division I Men’s First and Second Rounds. It marks the seventh and eighth NCAA championship events hosted by the Mountain West in Denver.
 
The NCAA also announced that Mountain West member San Diego State, San José State and UNLV will serve as one of the eight future host sites. SDSU will host the first and second rounds during the 2026 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, while SJSU and UNLV will host regionals during the 2026 and 2023 tournaments, respectively.
 
San José State will also host the 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional and UNLV will host the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional in 2023 and the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional in 2024.
 

The NCAA awarded several future championship host sites to Nevada (2025 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional) and New Mexico (2023 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship).
 
This is the third time for this specific NCAA championship bid process, which created the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 86 championships across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This process now gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience.
 
Bidding for 86 of 90 NCAA championships began in August 2019 and more than 3,000 bid applications were ultimately submitted. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in more than 450 total championship event sites being awarded. More than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships each year. The four championships not included in the process due to preexisting site arrangements are: Division I baseball, Division I football, Division I softball and Division III women’s ice hockey.
 
About The Mountain West Conference
From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the MW continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. Now in its 22nd year, the MW has been assertive in its involvement with the NCAA governance structure and has taken a leadership role in the overall administration of intercollegiate athletics. The Mountain West membership is comprised of 11 all-sport members: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San José State University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming. In addition, the University of Hawai‘i and Colorado College participate in the Mountain West as single-sport members in football and women’s soccer, respectively.
 
 



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