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KC, other cities will learn NCAA title sites today

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 6:53 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 1:26 p.m.

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Today at noon, Kansas City and other cities around the nation will learn their NCAA Championship future.

The NCAA will announce the sites for 82 championships, spread across three classifications for 2014-18. A total of 523 event sites will be announced on the organization’s website at midday.

The NCAA received 1,984 bid applications, and Kansas City pursued several championships.

In October, the NCAA reduced the fields, and Kansas City was a finalist for Division I volleyball and wrestling at the Sprint Center, and men’s soccer and women’s soccer tournaments at Sporting Park.

The city also was a finalist for Division II football at Sporting Park and men’s soccer and women’s soccer finals at Swope Village.

Basketball championships were not part of this bid process.

The competition for championships where Kansas City is a finalist:

Division I

•  Men’s soccer: Kansas City; Cary, N.C.; Houston; Philadelphia.

•  Women’s soccer: Kansas City; San Antonio; College Station, Texas; San Jose, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Cary; Santa Barbara, Calif.

•  Volleyball: Kansas City; Chicago; Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio; Louisville; Minneapolis; Omaha, Neb.

•  Wrestling: Kansas City, New York, Louisville, Cleveland, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City

Division II

•  Football: Kansas City; Florence, Ala.; Bentonville, Ark.

•  Men’s and women’s soccer: Kansas City; Louisville; Evans, Ga.; Orlando; Pensacola, Fla.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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