Louisville City FC's Lynn Family Stadium will host the 2023 NCAA Men's College Cup, bringing the top college soccer programs in the country to its new soccer-specific home. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
Louisville City FC’s Lynn Family Stadium and North Carolina FC’s WakeMed Soccer Park will play host to the NCAA Men’s College Cup between now and 2025 as the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced the hosts for upcoming national events on Wednesday.
Officially opened in July, LouCity’s Lynn Family Stadium will host the Men’s College Cup in 2023 as the University of Louisville serves as the official host school. The 11,700-seat stadium completed construction earlier this year and has provided a world-class soccer-specific venue for the club and its fans throughout the 2020 Championship season.
“We consider Louisville a city of champions, and it will be a thrill to see one crowned on our home turf,” said LouCity President Brad Estes. “Along with serving as a showcase for Lynn Family Stadium, the College Cup adds to our vision of bringing high-caliber events to Louisville.”
The NCAA received more than 3,000 bid submissions from member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities vying to host predetermined rounds for 86 of the NCAA’s 90 championships. Sites were selected by the respective NCAA sports committees and approved by the divisional competition oversight and championships committees.
“We are very pleased that the NCAA has chosen Lynn Family Stadium for the 2023 College Cup,” said Eric Granger, general manager of Lynn Family Stadium’s operator, ASM Global. “We are very appreciative of our partners at LouCity, Racing Louisville, the University of Louisville and the Louisville Sports Commission. We look forward to showcasing the best hospitality to the student-athletes, staff and fans.”
NCFC’s historic WakeMed Soccer Park will serve as host for the 2022 and 2025 editions of the event. In addition, WakeMed Soccer Park will also host the Women’s College Cup for three consecutive years in 2022-24. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will serve as the official host school.
Wednesday’s announcement adds to the upcoming calendar of NCAA set to be held at USL Championship venues. Last year it was announced that Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC’s new downtown stadium would play host to the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships, while Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Highmark Stadium hosted the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships last year.