OU to Host Four NCAA Championships

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma has been named a host for two NCAA national championships and two regional championships. The announcement came today from the NCAA Division I Championship and Competition Cabinet.

OU will be the host for the 2012 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship at the Lloyd Noble Center and the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championship a the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma's Athletics Department will also host a 2013 NCAA Regional in women's gymnastics at the Lloyd Noble Center and a 2013 NCAA Regional in women's golf at the Jimmie Austin Golf Course.

Oklahoma City also learned that it will host the 2014 NCAA Volleyball Championship at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. The Big 12 Conference and the Oklahoma City All-Sports Association will combine to host that event.

"The fact that we have received four events demonstrates the confidence that the NCAA exhibits in our staff and its ability to run efficient and rewarding championship events," said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione.

"Hosting championships is one of the best ways that we can support our sports programs, coaches and student-athletes, but it's also representative of the importance we place in partnering with local businesses for economic development. These championships bring new dollars into the state and metropolitan area thus strengthening our local economy."

Castiglione said that the development of facilities has also played a role in OU's ability to seek post-season events.

"The resources we committed to the significant upgrades we have made in all of our facilities makes a lot of this possible, and of course, the Ford Center provides us with a wonderful venue in the heart of our state's largest city. We offer a full package for the NCAA."

Oklahoma will continue to bid on events that are available on an annual basis. The school hosted an NCAA baseball regional and an NCAA women's basketball regional in Norman this year and annually serves as the institutional host for the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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