Update on Philadelphia and Allentown NCAA Championships for 2020


On March 12, the entire sporting world would shut down due to the breakout of the CoronaVirus. A lot of people are upset and worried about what will happen and how long this will last. 

Later in the day on March 12, the NCAA would announce that all Winter & Spring sports would be cancelled for the 2020 season.

In 2020, there were supposed to be two NCAA Championships that were to be held in Pennsylvania and they were as follows:

The NCAA Mens Hockey regional was to take place in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The regional was to take place on March 28 & 29, with Penn State as the host team.

Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.

Your NCAA Championship tickets will be refunded at your original point of purchase. If you purchased online at PPLCenter.com, by phone, or through a Group Sales Representative, your refund will be automatically delivered to the same card used for purchase. No additional action is needed and your refund should be received within 30 business days. Please Note: Your refund may appear as two separate credits to your bank statement; one for tickets and a second for fees. These refund amounts will total your full refund owed.
If you purchased tickets in person by cash or check, your refund is available at the QNB Box Office at PPL Center during regular business hours.

The NCAA Mens Lacrosse Final Four at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA, home of the Philadlephia Eagles on May 23 & 25 with Drexel as the host team.

If you ordered tickets from an official NCAA Championship vendor online or over the phone, you will be refunded. No additional action is needed.

If you ordered tickets from an official NCAA Championship vendor you will receive additional information via email.
Your refund will be automatically delivered (except applicable fees) to the same card used for purchase.
Refunds should be received within 30 days after the date of cancellation.

Customers with questions about the refund process may contact the respective event venue(s) or send inquires to the NCAA via email to tickets@ncaa.org.

Now one of the questions for those cities that were to host NCAA Championships in 2020, is would they host it in 2021 or would they get a future date to host the championship?

The NCAA would provided a statement to Philly Sports Network that reads as follows:

NCAA Championships host sites affected by the cancellation of all winter and spring championships in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic will receive the opportunity to place a bid in the 2023-26 cycle. The deadline to apply for NCAA Championships hosting opportunities was Feb. 3, but it has been extended for those sites who were unable to host in the winter and spring of 2020 due to these unprecedented times, with the exception of Division I men’s and women’s basketball.

The men’s basketball staff is still discussing the best way to move forward with regards to preliminary round sites. Division I women’s basketball will not make changes to its selection timeline for regional bids, which were due February 3.  They have adjusted the timeline for the Women’s Final Four site selection process, with its due date for all bids moved from April 13 to May 8. 

NCAA championship committees will select host sites in their respective sports in the upcoming months, and those awarded hosting opportunities for the 2023-26 bid cycle will be announced in October.

We will have to wait until October of 2020 to see when Philadelphia & Allentown would be hosting the championships that were canceled in 2020.

On March 30, the NCAA would announce that athletes that played spring sports would get an additional year of eligibility, as their season was canceled for 2020.

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