Sioux City will continue to host a national basketball championship. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced a contract extension with the Sioux City (Iowa) Convention and Tourism Bureau to host the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship through the 2017 event. The three-year extension will have Sioux City host the event at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena for 20-consecutive years. The current contract with Sioux City is through the 2014 event.
“Sioux City has displayed a tremendous commitment to the NAIA and hosting the Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “The NAIA is excited to continue that partnership with Sioux City through 2015. The entire Sioux City community needs to be recognized for offering our student-athletes, teams and fans a one-of-a-kind national championship experience.”
Sioux City has hosted the championship since 1998 with the first six years being held in the Sioux City Auditorium. Since 2004, the championship has been held in the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena. Sioux City holds the active streak as the longest tenured national championship host with the 2014 Championship marking the 17th year the even will be in Sioux City. The NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship and the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series are the second-longest tenured hosts with both of those events running in the same city since 2000.
“We are very honored to be able to extend our relationship with the NAIA through the 2017 championship,” said David Harris, Sioux City Sports Sales Representative. “Every year, the City of Sioux City rolls out the red carpet for all of our guests that visit us in March. As we prepare for the 17th year (in 2014), we continue to see the overall excitement in the community and hope the student-athlete experience will be first-class.”