The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has selected Wichita as the host city for their 2023 and 2024 Men’s Soccer Championship. The 2023 event will be held at Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita, Kansas, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.
The organization says they are excited to be partnering with Visit Wichita for this event, which will bring hundreds of athletes, plus their family and friends, to Wichita – the Heart of the Country.
“NAIA Men’s Soccer is excited to move to Kansas with great partners in Visit Wichita and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference,” stated NAIA Director of Championships Austin Bennett. “As previous host in other championships, we know the high-class event that they will provide the student-athletes, coaches and fans over the next two years.”
Visit Wichita has hosted other NAIA events in recent years, such as the NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championships, and will be hosting the event again in March of this year and in 2024 and 2025.
“We are honored the NAIA 2023 and 2024 Men’s Soccer Championships will be held in Wichita,” said Josh Howell, vice president of sports development for Visit Wichita. “Wichita’s passion for soccer and sports and its diversity of world-class facilities like Stryker Sports Complex make it an ideal place to host sporting events. Plus, athletes and fans will love the 50-plus museums and attractions, more than 1,200 restaurants and the city’s many other amenities, central location and welcoming spirit.”
Visit Wichita estimates the Men’s Soccer Championships will result in approximately $300,000 in local economic impact each year.
“Congratulations to Visit Wichita on winning the bid process to bring another NAIA Championship to Wichita,” said Scott Crawford, commissioner of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). “The KCAC is thrilled to partner with Visit Wichita, Strkyer Sports Complex and the greater Wichita community to host the NAIA's Men's Soccer Championships. This event will bring high-quality, exciting soccer for fans and drive positive economic impact into the local economy."
About Visit Wichita
Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by president and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2021 travel and tourism contributed nearly $1.1 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area.