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Visit Wichita secures National Championship events for NJCAA Football, NAIA Wrestling

The National Junior College Athletic Association has selected Wichita to host the 2023 and 2024 men’s and women’s national soccer championship tournaments, it announced Thursday.

The NJCAA division. The national men’s and women’s soccer tournaments will be held at the Stryker Sports Complex November 12-18, 2023 and November 17-23, 2024. The visit to Wichita helped secure the bid and estimates the joint national tournaments will generate $700,000 to the local economy.

The Stryker Sports Complex, which consists of 11 grass fields, was recently the host of the NJCAA division. II national men’s and women’s soccer tournament in the fall of 2021.

“The Stryker Sports Complex is a premier soccer venue, and Visit Wichita has a strong history of providing a first-class experience for the association’s student-athletes,” said Liz Homrig, director of NJCAA championship operations in a press release. .

The announcement was just the latest in a busy week for Visit Wichita, which also announced that the city had won bids to bring two more championship events to the Wichita area later this year.

Earlier this week the NAIA decided to continue its partnership with Visit Wichita and announced that Park City’s Hartman Arena will host the 2023, 2024 and 2025 National Men’s Wrestling Championships. The venue has hosted the National Championships in last three years, bringing an estimated $800,000 local economic impact each year.

The 2023 NAIA Men’s National Wrestling Tournament will take place March 3-4 at Hartman Arena.

“We are thrilled to once again bring this national event to the heart of the country for another three years,” Josh Howell, vice president of sports development at Visit Wichita, said in a press release. “The event draws competitors from across the country, adding to local economic impact, is broadcast live on ESPN3, and is also a great opportunity for local and regional wrestling fans to enjoy two days of top-notch wrestling right here in the Wichita area. “

It was also announced by Visit Wichita that the Military Basketball Association will host its 2023 MBA Playoffs in Wichita May 26-28. Most games will be played at Wichita Hoops, which has six courts for playing pool, while the semifinals and championship game will be played at Koch Arena.

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