Beacon Journal The NCAA announced Wednesday that the Mid-American Conference and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission have been awarded the bid to host the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball first and second rounds at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in 2025.
They also announced that the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in 2026 and the NCAA Division I Women’s Bowling Championship will be at RollHouse Wickliffe in 2026.
“The Mid-American Conference has been aggressive in pursuing NCAA championship events with our outstanding team that includes the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse,” MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said in a prepared statement. “We are proud of our long track record of successfully hosting NCAA events in Cleveland and can’t wait to showcase our great city.”
The MAC, GCSC & Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse served as the hosts for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional in Cleveland and the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which set NCAA Wrestling three-day championship total attendance and single-session attendance records. The MAC was also selected to host the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first and second rounds (canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic), and the 2024 Women’s Final Four also at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.The MAC and GCSC have also partnered to host the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championships (2012, 2014, 2019).
“Adding these premier NCAA Championship events to the Women’s Final Four already slated for 2024 will be great for Cleveland and have additional major impact for our community,” Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse CEO Len Komoroski said in a news release.