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Men's Basketball National Championship

NAIA Championship Host Manual & Style Guide  |  Host Requirements  |  Site Survey & Bid Form

Event Name:

NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship (Combined Divisons)


Seeking Site For:

2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 (4 year bid will be awarded)


Bid Deadline:

December 1, 2018


Rights Fee:

$30,000 (Minimum)

Time of Year:

March 18-23, 2021; March 17-22, 2022; March 16-21, 2023; March 21-26, 2024


Days of the Week:

Thursday - Tuesday


Number of Teams:

16 team single-elimination format


Estimated Number
of Participants & Fans:

300-350 players, coaches, & staff
40,000 fans 


Host Requirements:

Generate adequate sponsorhip to support the event budget, produce a Champions of Character actovoty in your community that involves NAIA student-athletes, produce a compelling student-athlete kick-off event that includes a meal for all athletes and official travel party.


Facility Requirements:

Regulation collegiate basketball court; arena facility with seating capacity of 3,500 minimum with a minimum of 4 quality locker rooms. Also, concession and souvenir space must be made available.


Hotel Requirements:

Centralized facility that has quality rooms, meeting rooms and possible banquet capacity for a minimum of 500 people.


Average Length of Stay:

4-5 nights


Room Block Needed:



Room Rate:

The price range is $90-$115, regardless of  room occupancy


Hotel Pre-Registration:

Participants will be responsible for making reservations and paying for rooms directly with the hotel.



Mike Higgins, Director of Championships

Marc Burchard, Championship Event Manager

Bryton Curtis, Championship Event Manager

Event History:

NAIA Men's Division I

1937-1943: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.

1944: No tournament held

1945-1974: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.

1975-1993: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Mo.

1994-1998: Mabee Center, Tulsa, Okla.

1999: Donald W. Reynolds Center, Tulsa, Okla.

2000-2001: Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, Okla.

2002-2018: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.

NAIA Men's Division II

2018: Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, SD

2000-17: Keeter Gymnasium, College of the Ozarks, Mo.
1998-99: Idaho Center, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho
1993-97: Montgomery Fieldhouse, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho