The NCAA announced on Wednesday, Oct. 14, that Limestone University, in partnership with OneSpartanburg, Inc., will serve as the host site for the 2024 Division II Field Hockey National Championship.
Two national semifinal games and the national title game will be played at Saints Field in 2024.
Spartanburg was awarded both the DII Field Hockey Championship and the DIII Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships in 2024 and was selected to host the DII Men's and Women's Cross Country Southeast Regional. The cross country events will be held at the Roger Milliken Center.
The NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship will be held at Saints Field on November 22 and 24, 2024, bringing four teams to Limestone. Saints Field is an artificial turf playing surface that is home to five Limestone teams: field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's lacrosse. Saints Field, which is part of the Bob Prevatte Athletic Complex, can accommodate up to 500 fans.
"We are absolutely thrilled to host the 2024 NCAA Division II Field Hockey National Championship here on our beautiful campus, using our incredible facilities at the Bob Prevatte Athletic Complex,” said Limestone President Dr. Darrell Parker. “This will enable us to showcase Limestone on a national stage, and it will most certainly have a positive economic impact on Gaffney and Cherokee County. We are excited to host a women's national championship, especially for one of the fastest growing sports across the nation and the world."
Limestone has hosted numerous conference tournaments and NCAA regionals events at Saints Field, including the NCAA semifinals in men's lacrosse in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019. The inaugural South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Field Hockey Championship was played at Saints Field in 2018.
"Limestone University is very excited to partner with OneSpartanburg, Inc. to host the 2024 NCAA Division II Field Hockey National Championship,” noted Limestone’s Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Cerino. “This will be a tremendous opportunity for both the City of Spartanburg and the Limestone University community. We are looking forward to working with OneSpartanburg, Inc. in putting together a quality championship experience for the student-athletes and institutions."
OneSpartanburg, Inc., formerly known as the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, submitted 33 bids to bring NCAA events to Spartanburg. The NCAA sifted through over 3,000 bids from cities across the nation to host 86 different championship events to be held between the years 2022 and 2025.
Bidding for the 86 of 90 NCAA championships began in August 2019, resulting in the largest host site announcement ever across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcement varied by sport. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in more than 450 championship event sites being awarded.
More than 54,000 student-athletes across all three divisions compete in NCAA championships each year.
The mission of OneSpartanburg, Inc. is to build a vibrant Spartanburg through business, economic and tourism development. They are a collaborative organization that was formed by merging the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group in order to maximize the Spartanburg community's investment.
"We are grateful for the partnership with Limestone University in hosting these NCAA national championships,” said Timothy Bush, OneSpartanburg, Inc. Chief Tourism Development Officer. “These prestigious events will have a major economic impact on the Upstate region."