U-M, Ocker Field to Host 2015 NCAA Championship

Dec. 11, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Wednesday (Dec. 11) that the University of Michigan has been selected to host the 2015 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. The weekend event, featuring the NCAA semifinals and championship game, will be held Nov. 20-22, 2015, at the Wolverines' renovated and expanded Phyllis Ocker Field.

"We are thrilled to be hosting the 2015 NCAA Field Hockey Championship and look forward to welcoming these talented student-athletes, accomplished coaches and passionate fans," said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "We're excited for the opportunity to showcase our new state-of-the-art facility, our beautiful campus and the Ann Arbor community. We will work extremely hard to make this a 'wow' experience for everyone attending the championship."

Michigan will host the NCAA Field Hockey Championship for the first time in program history. The Wolverines have previously served as a regional host for the NCAA first and second rounds on three occasions (2001, '04, '07).

It will be the 16th NCAA Championship that Michigan has hosted on campus since 1932 -- covering eight different sports -- and the fourth since 2005, joining water polo (2005, '11) and men's gymnastics (2014).

The NCAA announced host sites for the next four field hockey championships. Maryland will host the 2014 event, while Old Dominion and Louisville will host in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Michigan is the only first-time host among the group.

Construction is already underway on a new $13.5 million field hockey complex. The project, which includes a 13,000-square-foot building with locker room facilities, training rook, offices, press box and broadcasting booth, a 1,500-seat grandstand and new turf, scoreboard and field lighting, is scheduled for completion prior to the 2014 season.

The field hockey announcement came as part of the NCAA's largest host site announcement ever, spanning 82 championships across a four-year cycle. In addition to the 2015 field hockey championship, Michigan was selected to host a 2016 women's gymnastics regional at Crisler Center.

Additional information will be announced at a later date.

NCAA Release

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