Six more NCAA events coming to Lexington

Rifle National Championship, Plus Preliminary Rounds in Outdoor Track and Field, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Golf, Gymnastics

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky (UK Athletics) – The University of Kentucky will play host to six NCAA events – one national championship and five preliminary round competitions – from 2024-26 in the sports of rifle, outdoor track and field, men’s basketball, women’s golf and gymnastics, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Today’s announcements add to a list of three other NCAA championships scheduled to be held in Lexington in 2021-22, including men’s basketball, cross county and gymnastics.

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“We are honored to have the opportunity to host these NCAA events, along with the ones already scheduled to come here,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “Being a host in the postseason is important to reaching the elite status we are pursuing. We are proud to display the city of Lexington by bringing thousands of visitors to our community. I also want to thank our staff for all the hard work that goes into hosting championship-caliber events.”

Here is a list of the newly scheduled events in the order they will occur:

Rifle – The rifle national championship will be held in Memorial Coliseum on March 8-9, 2024. This is the second time that the championship has been scheduled in Lexington. UK was the 2020 host but the event was cancelled the day before it began because of coronavirus concerns.

Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field – The East Regional will be May 23-25, 2024, at the UK Track and Field Complex.

Men’s Basketball – Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center will be a site for the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds on March 20-23, 2025. This will be the 14th time that the NCAA tourney – first/second rounds, regional or Final Four – has been played in the building.

Women’s Golf – UK will play host to an NCAA Regional on May 4-7, 2025.

Women’s Gymnastics – For the fourth time in school history, Memorial Coliseum will be the site for a women’s gymnastics regional on April 2-5, 2026.

Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field – The East Regional will be May 28-30, 2026, at the UK Track and Field Complex.

Here is a list of the events previously scheduled in the order they will occur:

Men’s Basketball – Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center will be a site for the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds on March 19 and 21, 2021. This will be the 13th time that the NCAA tourney – first/second rounds, regional or Final Four – has been played at the arena.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country – For the first time, UK will play host to a cross country regional, with the event set for Masterson Station Park on Nov. 12, 2021.

Women’s Gymnastics – For the third time in school history, Memorial Coliseum will be the site for a women’s gymnastics regional on April 2, 2022. UK also held the event in 1989 and 1997.

Ticket information for the events will be announced later. For more information on the city of Lexington, go to www.visitlex.com

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com