New Dickies Arena to host NCAA events

Well, that was quick. Less than an hour after a surprise naming rights announcement at Dickies Arena “Let The Dirt Fly” ceremony, Multipurpose Arena Fort Worth announced that the arena has been selected as a host for the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds.

Additionally, Fort Worth will be the host city for four years for NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, beginning in 2019. The event will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center for the first year and will move to Fort Worth Arena in 2020 for the remaining years, the news release said.

“Together with the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University and our partners at Knight Eady, we are excited to announce that Dickies Arena was selected to host multiple major NCAA events,” Matt Homan, Multipurpose Arena Fort Worth’s president and general manager, said in the announcement.

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships are the second and third announced events at the venue. Fort Worth Arena was announced as the new home to Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo performances beginning in 2020.

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“This is another testament to the fantastic partnership that TCU has with the City of Fort Worth,” said Chris Del Conte, TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “Now with the new Dickies Arena coming to fruition, Fort Worth is an incredibly attractive host site for many NCAA Championships, which will certainly benefit TCU student-athletes, coaches and fans.”

“Texas Woman’s is excited to once again serve as the host institution for this prestigious national championship,” said Chalese Connors, director of athletics, Texas Woman’s University. “With our experienced partners from Knight Eady Sports Group and the Fort Worth CVB, we know that the student-athletes and their fans will enjoy the best in NCAA women’s collegiate gymnastics in a highly competitive and thrilling environment. We’re honored to help bring this event back to Texas.”

The Fort Worth CVB was recognized nationally for hosting the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in 2015 and 2016, and 2022 will be the first time since 1970 that Fort Worth has hosted NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament games.

“Fort Worth is a great sports city,” Bob Jameson, president and CEO of the Fort Worth CVB, said in the release. “With TCU, this incredible new arena and our incredible Sundance Square downtown, we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for sports fans.”

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Dickies Arena is scheduled to open in November 2019.