Division II National Championships Festival

2018 NCAA Division II festival set for Pittsburgh

More than 900 student-athletes will travel to Pittsburgh to compete for six NCAA fall championships from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 when SportsPITTSBURGH, Clarion and Slippery Rock host the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championships Festival.

Division II national championships festivals

Division II is the only NCAA division that conducts “National Championships Festivals,” Olympic-style events in which a number of national championships are held at a single site over several days.

The goals of festival are to enhance the student-athlete experience, create more awareness and exposure for Division II sports, and increase attendance by hosting multiple championships in one location. Each festival features opening and closing ceremonies, social opportunities for student-athletes, and community-outreach events. Student-athletes are housed in centrally located hotels, allowing for an athlete-village atmosphere.

The festivals are held on a rotational basis for the fall, winter and spring sports seasons, giving student-athletes a competitive opportunity to experience at least one during their intercollegiate athletics career.

Festival History

  • 2004: Orlando, Fla. (spring sports)
  • 2006: Pensacola, Fla. (fall sports)
  • 2008: Houston (spring sports)
  • 2009: Houston (winter sports)
  • 2010: Louisville, Ky. (fall sports)
  • 2012: Louisville, Ky. (spring sports)
  • 2013: Birmingham, Ala. (winter sports)
  • 2014: Louisville, Ky. (fall sports)
  • 2016: Denver (spring sports)
  • 2017: Birmingham, Ala. (winter sports)
  • 2018: Pittsburgh (fall sports)

Upcoming Festivals

  • 2020: St. Louis (spring sports)
  • 2021: Birmingham, Ala. (winter sports)

Bellarmine University and the Louisville Sports Commission to Host NCAA Division II National Championships Fall Festival in Louisville

Bellarmine University and the Louisville Sports Commission will welcome more than 1,100 student-athletes to its city when it hosts the NCAA Division II National Championships Fall Festival in Louisville, Dec. 4-6. Tickets will be available for purchase at the venues the week of the event. For additional event information, please visit www.ncaa.com/diifestival .

Reis hopes practice makes for a perfect festival

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Bellarmine AD takes on double duty

By David Pickle NCAA.org Scott Wiegandt knew his school scored a hit when it hosted the 2010 Division II National Championships Festival. But he didn’t he didn’t realize that Bellarmine’s hit was actually a long home run until he arrived...

Killian’s team-first approach boosts DII festival

By David Pickle NCAA.org Troy Killian knows all about being a motivated team member, he knows what it’s like to be a Division II student-athlete, and he knows the Louisville sports scene in and out. Add it up and the director of event...

Killian’s team-first approach boosts DII festival

By David Pickle NCAA.org Troy Killian knows all about being a motivated team member, he knows what it’s like to be a Division II student-athlete, and he knows the Louisville sports scene in and out. Add it up and the director of event...

DII golf championship venue has personal roots

By David Pickle NCAA.org When student-athletes tee it up for the 2012 Division II Women’s Golf Championships, they will have the rare opportunity to share someone else’s life. Owner Lawren Just had five children with her husband Elmore,...

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