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December 11, 2013

SACRAMENTO STATE ATHLETICS SELECTED TO HOST THREE NCAA POSTSEASON EVENTS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State was awarded three NCAA Div. I postseason events, it was announced today. The University and the Sacramento Sports Commission will host a 2015 women's basketball regional, the 2016 cross country west regional and the 2018 outdoor track & field west regional.

"We are thrilled that the NCAA has chosen to return to Sacramento for numerous events," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Dr. Terry Wanless said. "We look forward to continuing to partner with the Sports Commission and having the ability to showcase the city of Sacramento to a national audience."

The women's basketball regional will take place between March 28-31 at Sleep Train Arena. The event will pit the top four teams in the region against one another with the winner earning a trip to the Final Four. The city and arena previously served as a regional site in 2010 but the upcoming event will mark the first time that Sacramento State will be the host institution.

The cross country regionals will return to Haggin Oaks Golf Course on Nov. 11, 2016. Sacramento State and the Sports Commission hosted the event this past November.

The Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex will add to its lengthy resume of hosting high-level track & field meets with the announcement of the 2018 west regional. The meet, which will be held May 24-26, serves as the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships.

Sacramento State previously held the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The venue has also been home to the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, the 2001 Junior Olympics and the 2011 World Masters Meet.

With a partnership between the University and the Sacramento Sports Commission, Hornet Stadium will receive an upgrade this spring with the installation of a new track surface. One of the first meets to take place on the track will be the 2014 U.S. Championships.

“We are proud of a long history of hosting NCAA events in Sacramento,” said Steve Hammond, President and CEO of the SCVB. “We understand the value in creating a tremendous experience for student-athletes and we welcome the opportunity to develop and continue to expand our partnership with the NCAA in Sacramento.”

In addition, the Sacramento State Aquatic Center will serve as the host site for the 2015 and 2016 Rowing Championships. The event will be co-sponsored by the Sacramento Sports Commission and the Pac-12 Conference.

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