Sioux City to bid on NAIA basketball championships

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Sioux City is home to NAIA volleyball and women’s basketball championships, and now city leaders hope to add the men’s basketball title series to the schedule as well.

Beginning with the 2021 season, the NAIA will move from two divisions of men’s and women’s basketball to just one.

City tourism officials and Spectra, the company managing the Tyson Events Center, announced Thursday that they are working together on a bid to bring both of those new tournaments to Sioux City.

“We’re excited about this possibility. Again, it’s about letting the NAIA know that we’re very serious about our partnership with them. That we’re very aggressive in wanting to bring the men here as well and it’s expanding that relationship,” said Spectra General  Manager Erika Newton.

Sioux City has a long history of hosting NAIA events. This year’s volleyball championship will be handed out on Saturday.

The current Division II Women’s Basketball Championship tips off in Sioux City for the 23rd year in March.

Newton said that if the NAIA decides to place men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in separate cities, Sioux City will remain a top candidate for the women’s event.

In the meantime, Sioux City has already locked in to host the next two D2 women’s basketball championships at the Tyson Events Center.

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