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Rochester area to serve as host for sports championships

Rochester will serve as host to the 2020 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championships and the 2021 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championships, Visit Rochester and the Monroe County Sports Commission announced this week.

Rochester was selected from over 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities, officials said.

“Sporting events in Monroe County play a major role in bringing new visitors to our community, and in turn contributing to the overall economic impact that tourism has here in Monroe County,” said Don Jeffries, president and CEO of Visit Rochester. “Visit Rochester and the Monroe County Sports Commission are excited to host these NCAA championships and look forward to introducing student athletes and their families from all over the country to everything Rochester has to offer.

“We will continue to pursue these types of sporting events and programs as a way to showcase Rochester to an entire new audience, while driving economic impact”.

The Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championships are to be held at St. John Fisher College on May 21-23, 2020. The event will host some 1,000 athletes from across the country.

“The entire St. John Fisher College community is very excited that the NCAA has selected the College to host the 2020 Division III National Track and Field Championship,” said Michael Henchen, track and field/cross country head coach at St. John Fisher. “Our selection is testament to the impressive progress our track and field teams have made in six short years and our outstanding campus facilities and personnel. We look forward to providing a true championship experience for over 1,400 athletes, coaching staffs and the thousands of spectators expected to attend this terrific event.”

The Division III Men’s Volleyball Championships are to take place at Nazareth College on April 23-25, 2021.

“Having hosted the Division III volleyball championships three other times in conjunction with the Monroe County Sports Commission, the NCAA is confident in Nazareth’s ability to do a first-class job,” said Pete Bothner, athletic director of Nazareth College. “This is a great event that has been well received by the Rochester community and Nazareth is pleased to be a part of it.”

The economic impact of the tourism and hospitality industry in Monroe County in 2015 was over $1 billion, according to Visit Rochester.

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