Additional Championships Headed to the University of Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas will be adding to its championship legacy by hosting four future NCAA postseason events, including the 2026 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Randal Tyson Track Center, home to the fastest indoor track in the world, is already scheduled to host the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 12-13, 2021. Since the Randal Tyson Track Center opened in 2000, Arkansas has hosted the NCAA indoor meet 12 times, including for nine straight seasons (2000-08) and 12 of the last 20 championships.
Arkansas was also selected to host a 2024 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Regional at John McDonnell Field, a 2024 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional at Barnhill Arena and a 2025 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional at Blessings Golf Club.
The University of Arkansas has earned a national reputation for hosting championship events. Since the Razorbacks entered the Southeastern Conference in 1992, Arkansas has hosted more than 100 conference and NCAA regional and national competitions.
“Northwest Arkansas and the University of Arkansas have once again been recognized by the NCAA as a premium destination and host for championship events,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. “Whether it is one of the NCAA’s pre-determined championships or championships awarded as a result of regular season competition, student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans are afforded a quality experience when attending post-season competition at the University of Arkansas.”
John McDonnell Field will be the site for the 2024 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Regional. Arkansas has hosted three previous NCAA outdoor track and field regional or national championships in its history, including the 2009 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championships. John McDonnell is already scheduled to host a 2022 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Regional.
Barnhill Arena, on the University of Arkansas campus, has become a familiar stop on the way to the NCAA Gymnastics Championship. For the sixth time in its history, Arkansas will host a NCAA Gymnastics Regional in 2024. Barnhill Arena served as a home site for regionals in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2017. The first three times the Razorbacks hosted, they advanced to the NCAA Championship. In two of those years, 2009 and 2012, Arkansas reached the NCAA Super Six.
NCAA Championship golf action will return to Blessings with the 2025 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional. The Blessings was host to the 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, when former Razorback and current LPGA star Maria Fassi won the NCAA women’s individual title in the championship’s first visit to Northwest Arkansas.
Earlier this month, Blessings was the host to the first-ever Blessings Intercollegiate Invitational. The three-day event featured the men’s and women’s golf teams of every Southeastern Conference institution and was televised on the GOLF Channel. Arkansas won the combined team (men and women) title, the women’s team title, the women’s individual title (Brooke Matthews) and the combined individual medal, courtesy of Matthews and Razorback men’s golfer Julián Périco.