KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The NAIA is excited to announce that the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship will be played in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the Sanford Pentagon through 2020.
“Basketball is where it all began for the NAIA,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO, “and we are grateful to have such great hosts in the Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Dakota State and Northwestern College that continue to help us showcase this premier sport.”
Sioux Falls welcomed the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship for the first time in 2018 in the Sanford Pentagon. Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Dakota State University (S.D.) and Northwestern College (Iowa) all serve as hosts.
“The Sioux Falls Sports Authority is extremely excited to extend its partnership with the NAIA and bring the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship to Sioux Falls and the Sanford Pentagon for the third straight year,” said Bryan Miller, executive director of the Sioux Falls Sports Authority. “The 2018 championship was a great success, and we look forward to working with Dakota State University and Northwestern College as co-hosts to make the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship a memorable championship experience for all involved.”
In 2018, Sioux Falls saw Indiana Wesleyan capture its second title in five years.
Of the 139 NAIA sponsored DII Men’s Basketball programs, 32 will advance to the championship in Sioux Falls.
The NAIA DII Men’s Basketball National Championship started in 1992 in Stephenville, Texas, as Grace (Ind.) captured the first ever title.
After the 2020 tournaments, NAIA basketball divisions will merge into a singular division and there will be NAIA Men’s Basketball and NAIA Women’s Basketball. The merge was approved by membership and the NAIA Council of Presidents during the 2018 NAIA National Convention.