Indianapolis, Ind. (4/18/17) – Kean University has been selected as the 2019 host of the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball National Championship as announced by the NCAA.
This will mark just the second time in school history that a national champion will be crowned on Kean's campus. The only other national championship tournament held on Kean's campus occurred in 1992 when the men's soccer team hosted the Final Four on its East Campus field, culminating with Kean's first national championship in any sport.
The NCAA selected more than 600 host sites for preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III to be held from 2017-18 through 2021-22 in today's announcement.
The NCAA received more than 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities vying to host predetermined rounds for 84 of the NCAA's 90 championships. A total of 613 sites were awarded for this cycle. The respective NCAA sports committees and the divisional championships cabinets/committees reviewed the bid proposals and selected the sites.
There were 43 states selected to host at least one round of an NCAA championship, with Pennsylvania leading the way with a total of 53.
Criteria for selecting the host sites included creating what will be an exceptional experience for the student-athletes, along with adherence to NCAA bid specifications. Specifications can include, but are not limited to, providing optimal facilities; ease of travel to the location and ample lodging; and adherence to NCAA principles, which include providing an atmosphere that is safe and respects the dignity of all attendees. The site selections follow the NCAA Board of Governors' vote to allow consideration of championship bids in North Carolina.
"We want to thank everyone who submitted a bid for this cycle of championship site selections and for their continued commitment during the process," said Joni Comstock, NCAA senior vice president of championships. "We look forward to working with our membership, the cities and local organizing committees who may host for the first time, as well as the groups who will repeat as host sites. I also want to acknowledge and thank the sports committees that reviewed these exceptional bids and made the selections based on providing the best possible experience for our student-athletes, coaches and spectators."