NAIA men's basketball finals to remain in Sioux Falls through 2020
The NAIA announced Wednesday that the Division II Men's Basketball National Championships will remain in Sioux Falls and be played at the Sanford Pentagon through 2020.
The NAIA announced Wednesday that the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championships will remain in Sioux Falls and be played at the Sanford Pentagon through 2020.
The event will be played March 11-17, and be hosted by the Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Dakota State University and Northwestern College. The two institutions also hosted the 2018 tournament, which was played in Sioux Falls after being moved from Branson, Missouri. In November 2017, the NAIA awarded both the 2018 and 2019 events to Sioux Falls.
The 2020 tournament will be the final tournament before the NAIA's two basketball divisions merge into one for the 2021 tournaments and beyond. The merger was approved by membership and the NAIA Council of Presidents during the 2018 NAIA National Convention.
“Basketball is where it all began for the NAIA,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO, “and we are grateful to have such great hosts in the Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Dakota State and Northwestern College that continue to help us showcase this premier sport.”
In 2018, Sioux Falls saw Indiana Wesleyan capture its second title in five years. Of the 139 NAIA sponsored DII Men’s Basketball programs, 32 will advance to the championship in Sioux Falls.
“The Sioux Falls Sports Authority is extremely excited to extend its partnership with the NAIA and bring the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship to Sioux Falls and the Sanford Pentagon for the third straight year,” said Bryan Miller, executive director of the Sioux Falls Sports Authority. “The 2018 championship was a great success, and we look forward to working with Dakota State University and Northwestern College as co-hosts to make the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship a memorable championship experience for all involved.”