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Women’s basketball bid process opens Friday

Committee will consider sites for 2021 and 2022 DI regionals

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee is set to reopen the formal process for identifying neutral regional tournament sites for 2021 and 2022, with sites to be announced before the end of July 2018.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee had placed the bid process on hold in January 2017 but recently determined that the policy for neutral regional site locations will remain in place through 2022. The oversight committee will include regional site locations and format as a part of the strategic priorities discussion for 2023 and beyond.

Bids for 2021 and 2022 that originally were collected during the championship bid process in fall 2016 will remain in consideration, with members of the Division I women’s basketball staff reconfirming interest and venue availability from those institutions and conferences. Those previous bidders will be allowed to update their bid submission, if necessary. The bid process for regional sites in 2021 and 2022 will open Friday at ncaa.org/bids, with bids due by June 1. 

“We again expect a highly competitive bid process for the eight regionals over those two years,” said Rhonda Lundin Bennett, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and senior associate athletics director at Nevada. “We welcome back those that bid previously and those new hosting sites which will elevate the championship student-athlete experience going forward.”

On July 10-12, the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee will determine recommendations for 2021 and 2022 regional sites to forward to the oversight committee for approval. Before the end of July, the oversight committee will meet to approve 2021 and 2022 regional sites, and the NCAA will announce the selections.