SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — Sioux City has hosted the NAIA Division II women’s basketball tournament since 1998. Now the NAIA is moving to just one division in basketball and the new tournament was open for bids. Thursday, the NAIA announced it is staying in Sioux City.
The new one-division tourney will be at the Tyson Events Center in 2021. The new deal runs for four years, through 2024.
The new format will feature 64 teams being initially selected, at 16 different host sites. Those 16 teams that survive, will advance to the national tourney, instead of the 32 teams that have been here in the past.
The city and the NAIA are happy to keep the event here.
“I think when the NAIA looks at Sioux City, they look at an army that is ready to serve their needs,” said GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra. “They come to us with ideas, we’ve gone to them with ideas because we have this 20-plus year relationship of hosting these national tournaments.”
“It’s a testament to the local sponsors, the media, all the support of the volunteers and the local community that comes out and continues to support these teams,” said Co-Tournament Director Mike Skaggs.
This year’s tournament runs March 6-12. Sioux City also bid on the men’s tournament but that will likely be in Sioux Falls or Kansas City.