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NCAA Names USC Host to 2023 Men’s Water Polo Championship

Oct 14, 2020


LOS ANGELES — The waters of Uytengsu Aquatics Center will be home to championship action once again as USC has been named host to the 2023 Men's Water Polo National Collegiate Championship. The 2023 event comes 10 years after the USC men won their sixth consecutive NCAA trophy — claimed in home waters in 2013. Since then, USC also hosted — and won — the 2018 women's national championship. USC last hosted the men's championship in 2017, taking second place that year.

This is the third time for this specific NCAA championship bid process, which created the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 86 championships across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This process now gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience.

Bidding for 86 of 90 NCAA championships began in August 2019 and more than 3,000 bid applications were ultimately submitted. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in more than 450 total championship event sites being awarded. More than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships each year. The four championships not included in the process due to preexisting site arrangements are: Division I baseball, Division I football, Division I softball and Division III women's ice hockey.