Contact Us

Sioux Falls Gets NCAA Women’s Tournament Regional Games in 2016

The road to the women’s Final Four will go through Sioux Falls in 2016.

The NCAA announcing the city as a regional site for the 2016 tournament, which ends in Indianapolis with the Final Four. Sioux Falls joins Bridgeport, CT, Dallas, and Lexington, KY as regional hosts.

Opening round games will be played at the home arenas of the tournament’s top seeds.

NCAA officials said the city’s history of supporting women’s basketball, as well as the Denny Sanford Premier Center already playing host to the Division II Elite that year were all factors that led to the successful bid.

The announcement comes three days after the NCAA announced it was keeping the men’s First Four games to the tournament in Dayton, Ohio, where they’ve been since 2011.

Sioux Falls had bid to host those games or any opening round games in the 2016, 2017, or 2018 tournaments.

Sioux Falls Sports Authority - NCAA Women's Regional Announcement
SIOUX FALLS – Sioux Falls Sports Authority Executive Director Wes Hall speaks to the media at a press conference to announce the NCAA awarding a 2016 Division I women’s basketball regional tournament to Sioux Falls. (Photo by Jeff Harkness/Townsquare Media)

After a press conference in Sioux Falls Thursday afternoon, the leaders of the Sioux Falls bid spoke to the media about the NCAA’s announcement.

At that press conference, Tom Douple, the commissioner of the Summit League, and a member of the NCAA committee that awards championship events, said the NCAA had passed on Sioux Falls as a men’s opening round site due to a lack of full service hotel space to host eight teams, opting instead to give the city a women’s regional, which only involves four teams, and needs far less hotel space.

I asked the Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Wes Hall, about the NCAA’s announcement and Commissioner Douple’s comments:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

I also spoke with Commissioner Douple about the NCAA’s announcement, bringing the women’s regional to one Summit League city, before another conference city hosts the Final Four that same year:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Sioux Falls is already scheduled to host eight different NCAA Division II national championship events, starting in March of 2015.

Best of ESPN 99.1

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://espn991.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for ESPN 99.1 MVP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive ESPN 99.1 MVP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.