For the first time, Reno will host an NCAA championship event.
The NCAA announced Wednesday locations for more than 450 preliminary rounds and final sites of championships in the Division I, II and III ranks, with most of those being held between 2022-26. Reno was selected to host two Division I championship events, both in the 2024-25 season.
“This is exciting news, not just for the University of Nevada, but for our region,” Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth said in a news release. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to host these NCAA events and appreciative of the partnership and support from the Reno-Sparks Visitors and Convention Authority.”
Reno will host a NCAA Division I men's golf championship regional in 2025 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club, with Nevada serving as the host member in partnership with the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Montrêux was home to a PGA Tour stop from 1999-2019 before the board voted not to hold the event in 2020.
Reno also will host the 2025 National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship Finals at the National Bowling Stadium, with Nevada serving as the host member in partnership with the United States Bowling Congress.
"The RSCVA is grateful for our partners at the University of Nevada, Montreux, and the United States Bowling Congress, who've worked tirelessly to put Reno Tahoe back on the map for collegiate championships," RSCVA director of sports development Shelli Fine said in a news release. "It's not only an exciting accomplishment for the university, but it's also rewarding to be reminded of what this community has to offer when we all work together."
Las Vegas also was selected to host several events, including a 2023 NCAA Tournament regional and the 2026 Frozen Four, both to be played at T-Mobile Arena. In all, 11 NCAA championship events were awarded to Las Vegas, including in golf, soccer and bowling as well as basketball and hockey. The new publicly funded Allegiant Stadium was not selected to host any of them.
In May 2019, the NCAA rescinded its ban on title events being held in states that had legalized sports betting, which opened the door for Reno and Las Vegas to bid on hosting NCAA championship events.
Nevada has previously hosted NCAA skiing regionals in 2007 and 2009 and skiing national championships in 2004, although those were held in California. Nevada also was the host for the 2005 rifle championship held in Colorado Springs. The Wolf Pack also hosted eight FCS playoff games in football in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
“We are very excited to host the 2025 NCAA Bowling Championship and the 2025 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional and give student-athletes, coaches and fans from all across the country an opportunity to visit our amazing community and compete at some of the premier facilities in Reno,” Nevada senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator Rhonda Bennett said in a news release. “A huge thank you goes out to the RSCVA, the staff at Montreux Country Club and the National Bowling Stadium and our great coaches and staff who helped to put our bids together, and we can’t wait to get to work to successfully host these championships in 2025.”