Seattle Pacific University has been selected as the host institution for the 2022 Division II Fall Championships Festival that will determine six national team title winners, the NCAA announced last week.

The SPU athletic department will work in conjunction with the Seattle Sports Commission, Starfire Sports and Chambers Bay to stage the championships at four venues in the Puget Sound Area.

The Fall Festival features competitions that will decide the NCAA Division II champions in men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The 2022 soccer championships will be played at Interbay Stadium in Seattle, the home of SPU soccer. The volleyball championship will be contested at Brougham Pavilion on the Seattle Pacific campus.

  The men’s and women’s cross country championship races will take place at Chambers Bay in University Place, while the women’s field hockey championship will be conducted at the Starfire Sports complex in Tukwila.

“We are beyond excited to host the D-II Festival here in Seattle,” SPU Athletic Director Jackson Stava said in a press release. “I know that the student-athletes will love their time in Seattle and the incredible beauty and hospitality of this region.”

More than 900 student-athletes will travel to the Seattle area in 2022 to compete for six NCAA fall championships.

Division II is the only NCAA division that conducts “Championship Festivals,” Olympic-style events in which a number of national championships are held in the same city over several days, according to the press release. There are also festivals for NCAA winter and spring championships.

The festivals are held on a rotational basis for the fall, winter and spring sports seasons, giving student-athletes an opportunity to experience at least one during their intercollegiate athletics career, according to the press release.

The 2022 edition will be the fifth Fall Championships Festival conducted by NCAA Division II. The NCAA also announced the assignment of numerous other future championships.

This is the third time for this specific NCAA championship bid process, which created the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 86 championships across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This process now gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience, according to the press release.

Bidding for 86 of 90 NCAA championships began in August 2019, and more than 3,000 applications were ultimately submitted. 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 total championship event sites being awarded, the press release said.

More than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships each year. The four championships not included in the process due to preexisting site arrangements are: Division I baseball, Division I football, Division I softball and Division III women’s ice hockey. 

 

Seattle Pacific will host the following championships:

• 2022 Men’s Cross Country National Championships — Chambers Bay, University Place

• 2022 Women’s Cross Country National Championships — Chambers Bay, University Place

• 2022 Women’s Field Hockey National Championship — Starfire Sports, Tukwila

• 2022 Men’s Soccer National Championship — Interbay Stadium, Seattle

• 2022 Women’s Soccer National Championship — Interbay Stadium, Seattle

• 2022 Women’s Volleyball National Championship — Brougham Pavilion, Seattle