The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Monday that Visit Wichita has secured the bid to host the 2020 and 2021 NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championships at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan. The national championship will move from Des Moines, Iowa after a two-year run.
“The NAIA is excited that Visit Wichita will host our men’s wrestling championship,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and C.E.O. “I have no doubt it will be an exceptional event that our student-athletes will remember for years to come.”
The NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championship comprises upwards of 250 student-athletes that compete in a 32-man, double elimination championship bracket at 10 weight classes. Each year, more than 5,000 fans are in attendance to see the two-day event, which culminates in the national championship in each weight class covered live on ESPN3.
“We are excited to bring this event to Wichita, a sports city capable of hosting sporting events of all kinds and magnitudes,” said Brian Hargrove, executive director of sports development at Visit Wichita. “Wichita’s love of sports and top-notch facilities like Hartman Arena make it a wonderful city for teams to compete in. Plus, Wichita has so much to offer athletes and those traveling with them during their time in our city, and we’re looking forward to helping to create an exciting and memorable experience.”
The event begins with six mats and breaks down to one on championship night on Saturday evening, which is broadcast live on ESPN3. In 2020, the championship will take place March 6-7 and will be held March 5-6 in 2021.
“I am honored the NAIA Wrestling National Championship is being held at Hartman Arena. The dedication and hard work of the athletes will be on display for all to see. We look forward to showcasing the Hartman Arena in hosting this event,” said Wink Hartman of Hartman Arena.
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 2018 travel and tourism contributed more than $1.1 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area.