Hartford, Conn. - The NCAA has selected Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut as the host for the 2021 NCAA III Field Hockey Championship. The championship weekend, which consists of two semifinal matches and the final the next day, will take place at Robin L. Sheppard Field on the Trinity campus. Semifinal contests are scheduled for Saturday, November 20, and the winners of those matches will face off in the National Championship on Sunday, November 21. This will be the first NCAA championship event to be hosted at Trinity College. Trinity has hosted the College Squash Association (CSA) National Men's and Women's Team Championships and the CSA National Singles Championships on its courts in the George A. Kellner Squash Center.
“We are thrilled to bring this NCAA Championship to Hartford and Trinity’s campus," said Trinity Athletic Director Drew Galbraith. "It is an amazing opportunity to showcase high-level field hockey and amazing student-athletes, while providing an exceptional championship atmosphere to all the participants and spectators. We appreciate the support of the City of Hartford and the Connecticut Convention and Sports Bureau in partnership to bring this NCAA Championship to our city.”
This is the second time for this specific NCAA championship bid process, which created the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 84 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 84 of 90 NCAA championships began in July and more than 3,000 bid applications were ultimately submitted. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the best experience for respective student-athletes, resulting in more than 500 total championship event sites being awarded. More than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships each year.
Trinity College field hockey has participated in eight NCAA Division III tournaments, most recently in 2017, and played in the NCAA Final Four in both 1993 and 1998.
"It is exciting to bring the NCAA Field Hockey Championship to New England and to the NESCAC," said Trinity Head Field Hockey Coach Anne Parmenter. "It will be great to showcase this event on our wonderful Robin L. Sheppard Field."