It sounds like Philadelphia is going to be the center of the college sports universe when action resumes in full over the next few years.
The NCAA announced sites for its championship events through 2026, and Philly landed a whopping five of them, including some March Madness action in 2026.
Here's the full rundown, with the host school(s) in parentheses:
- 2023 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, Lincoln Financial Field (Drexel)
- 2023 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships, Cooper River/Camden County (Temple)
- 2024 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, Lincoln Financial Field (Drexel)
- 2025 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Well Fargo Center (Drexel/Penn)
- 2026 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball 1st/2nd Rounds, Wells Fargo Center (St. Joe's)
Philly most recently hosted the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2016, when North Carolina and Notre Dame met in the East regional final. UNC went on to lose to Villanova in the title game on Kris Jenkins' legendary game-winning shot.
Eagles President Don Smolenski is a chair on the PHL Sports Advisory Board, and he called landing these five events "another tremendous example of the collaborative camaraderie of the Philadelphia sports community."
It'll be pretty neat to see all this action in Philly, especially if the city's schools manage to be well-represented in these championships.