Connect Sports to Host NCAA Symposium and Bid Cycle Event

The NCAA will present information about its championship bid cycle on August 22, 2023 at Connect Sports.

NCAA at Connect Sports

Connect Sports will host an NCAA Championships Symposium and Bid Cycle event in Minneapolis, to help announce the next round of NCAA championship sites through 2030.

The event begins Aug. 22, which is when the NCAA’s bid cycle portal presentation will occur. The event will showcase championship sites selected for the 2026-2027 school year through 2029-2030. All told, 450 championship sites across multiple NCAA divisions will be selected.

The session will be the most in-depth presentation to date on the upcoming championship bid cycle. NCAA staff will also be on hand for six separate breakouts after the general session.

"Not every destination has the infrastructure to host a Final Four or Frozen Four, but most can certainly host another type of championship,” says Connect Senior Vice President Patrick Higgins. “We’re excited to work with the NCAA and our DMO partners around the country to demonstrate exactly what it takes to host an NCAA Championship."

Higgins predicts the relationship with Connect Sports will provide key information and answer questions to indtustry veterans and newcomers alike.

Two important highlights of the August event:

  • This program is open to all Connect Marketplace DMO attendees that would like to learn more.
  • Registered Connect Sports attendees are encouraged to bring key members of their local host community (athletic directors, venue operation personnel, etc.) to join them for this programmed maximize their opportunities to network with the NCAA team in their booth on the trade show floor. Guest registration options are available for $250 per person. This includes access to all event programming, including receptions, etc. 

“This August at Connect Sports, many DMOs of all sizes are going to learn how best to host an NCAA championship using their tested processes, tools and resources,” says Higgins.

NCAA events have the potential to boost economic impact but also add prestige through media exposure. Each championship allows destinations to highlight their strengths in front of a national viewing audience.

“Working with Connect Sports will allow us to increase our reach in the sports travel and tourism market and create partnerships that will help us deliver on our mission to create meaningful student-athlete experiences,” says Ryan Tressel, director of championships and alliances for the NCAA. “We’re doing this as an additional measure to help potential host cities who may want to bring a championship to their area in the near future.”

For more information, contact Patrick Higgins at


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