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The USA Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) national championship event is coming to Wichita in 2024. Hosted by Visit Wichita, it will be the championship’s first-ever appearance in Kansas.
USA Lacrosse has announced that the 2024 WCLA Division I and II National Championships will be played at the SCHEELS Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita, Kansas. Dates for the 2024 championship tournament are May 7-10.
“We’re so pleased to be moving this special event to a new venue like the SCHEELS Stryker Sports Complex and being able to bring a fresh vibe to the WCLA National Championship,” said Kristy Nutt, director of events at USA Lacrosse. “This brand new facility sets the stage for fierce competition and memorable experiences for all of the participating players. Additionally, the central location in Wichita ensures seamless travel for all the teams and puts the focus on the game.”
Nearly 200 non-varsity collegiate teams comprise the WCLA and compete under the USA Lacrosse umbrella. The annual Division I and Division II National Championships showcase the WCLA’s premier teams, featuring 16 Division I clubs and 16 Division II teams vying for titles.
“We are honored and thrilled USA Lacrosse has selected Wichita to be the host city for their 2024 Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates National Championship,” said Josh Howell, vice president of sports development for Visit Wichita. “It’s a great opportunity for locals to take in a fast-paced, exciting sport and we’re looking forward to showcasing one of our community’s world-class facilities, SCHEELS Stryker Sports Complex, 50-plus museums and attractions, more than 1,200 restaurants and the city’s many other amenities to the athletes and those who travel to Wichita for the championship.”
Adam Roorbach of the Kansas Athletic Commission added, “The state of Kansas is very excited to host a great organization like USA Lacrosse. SCHEELS Stryker Sports Complex was built for events such as this, and we can’t wait to showcase our great state to the athletes and their families.”
The SCHEELS Stryker Sports Complex is a state-of-the-art facility that features 11 all-sports turf fields, each with outdoor lighting, and a 112,000-square-foot indoor facility. The venue plays host to local, regional, and national events and is ideally situated for tournament competitions.
“The SCHEELS Stryker Sports Complex is very excited to host the first ever national lacrosse event in Wichita, Kansas,” said Larry Inlow, general manager of SCHEELS Stryker Sports Complex. “We look forward to welcoming all of the teams, watching them compete and giving them the best possible experience here in Wichita.”
Started in 2001, the WCLA Championship has had 10 previous host sites, with prior Central USA stops in St. Louis, MO; Minneapolis, Minn.; Dallas and Round Rock, Texas.
Last year’s championship, played in Virginia Beach, VA concluded with Boston College winning its second straight Division I title, while the University of New Hampshire claimed its first Division II championship.
“The WCLA is an integral part of our USA Lacrosse family, and the great level of competition that we have annually witnessed at the national championship truly demonstrates the commitment of these collegiate athletes and their enthusiasm for lacrosse,” said Caitlin Kelley, senior director for sports administration at USA Lacrosse.
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About Visit Wichita: Visit Wichita markets the Greater Wichita area and advocates for the city as a destination, increasing travel and tourism as a key economic driver for the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by President and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2022 travel and tourism contributed more than $1.5 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area.
About USA Lacrosse
USA Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is a Recognized Sports Organization of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. As the governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse in the United States, USA Lacrosse leads the U.S. National Teams Program and establishes universal standards. With more than 400,000 members across the country, USA Lacrosse unites the community of players, coaches, officials, parents, and program leaders. Working together, we inspire participation, enrich the athlete experience, and support the growth of the sport.