|Memorial Stadium will be the new home for the D-III World Series starting in 2019.
The NCAA announced Tuesday that Cedar Rapids will be hosting a variety of Division III national championships in coming years. Starting in 2019 and through 2022, Memorial Stadium will serve as the field for the NCAA Division III baseball tournament, informally referred to as the Division III World Series.
The current Veterans Memorial Stadium opened in April of 2002, and is the third facility that professional baseball in Cedar Rapids has called home. The stadium has seating for 5,300 fans, not including standing room only areas, and features 12 diamond suites and three picnic/group areas. A six-story LED video scoreboard is the centerpiece of the stadium, and dominates the right-center field view. The 30 x 48 foot LED board provides live action, instant replays, player statistics and more.
The NCAA Division III women's volleyball championships also will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center in November 2019, and the Division III wrestling championships will return to Cedar Rapids in 2020 and ’22.
2017 Regional Sites
New England: Harwich, Mass.
“Our conference is considered a leader in NCAA Division III, and today’s announcements only enhance that reputation,” IIAC commissioner Chuck Yrigoyen said in a release. “The conference office proudly calls Cedar Rapids its hometown. These championships will showcase all we have to offer and generate an economic and visibility boost for the length of the contracts,” said Chuck Yrigoyen, Commissioner, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.”
“This announcement today continues to strengthen Cedar Rapids’ reputation across the nation as a premier destination for athletic tournaments in a multitude of sports,” Aaron McCreight, President and CEO of GO Cedar Rapids, which bid on the tournaments, said in a release. “We could not be more excited to showcase the Cedar Rapids area to the athletes and fans that will be traveling to Cedar Rapids."
The Division III World Series has been in Appleton, Wis., since 2000, but with the expansion of the Division III playoff calendar, the local host group declined to put a bid in for the 2019-2022 cycle.