Collegiate Wrestling Fans: All You Need To Know About NCAA Championships in St. Louis This Week

ST. LOUIS TO HOST NCAA DI WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEK AT ENTERPRISE CENTER FOR NINTH TIME SINCE 2000 

FANS ENCOURAGED TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES

 

 St. Louis will host the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Thursday through Saturday (March 18-20) at Enterprise Center. This marks the ninth time since 2000 the event has taken place in the Gateway City. The St. Louis Sports Commission and University of Missouri will serve as co-hosts for the event.

This is the second NCAA championship to take place in St. Louis this month. The NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships were held last weekend at America’s Center with 132 student-athletes competing. The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will feature 330 student-athletes vying for national titles in 10 weight classes and an overall team national championship.

The St. Louis Sports Commission, Enterprise Center and the NCAA have been working with (and will continue working with) the City of St. Louis Department of Health on protocols and procedures to make the health and safety of everyone at the Championships the top priority.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions a limited number of tickets were allocated to the participating schools for the three-day event. The NCAA will have no additional public ticket sales for this year’s Championships.

The health of the student-athletes, coaches, fans, and event and support staff is an ongoing priority of the NCAA and its member institutions. Fans attending the Championships in St. Louis are encouraged to become familiar with the following policies related to health and safety protocols:

FACE COVERING POLICY

While on Enterprise Center property, guests over the age of two are required to wear a cloth face covering or mask at all times except when actively eating or drinking. Face coverings must be medical grade masks or 3-layer cloth coverings (or at least 2-layer cloth layers with a filter). Bandanas, gaiters, face coverings with valves or vents, and face coverings with only a single layer of fabric are not permitted.

Eating and drinking is allowed in your seating pod or in designated areas on the concourse. Eating and drinking is prohibited while walking from the concession stand to your seat.

ADDITIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. Automatic soap dispensers and hand sanitizer dispensers will be widely available throughout Enterprise Center. Fans are allowed to bring in a small, clear hand sanitizer bottle.

Guests should practice physical distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance between other patrons outside of their seating pod. Please be respectful of other fans and their space.

NO BAG POLICY

Enterprise Center has a NO BAG policy for all events. Medical and parent bags are exceptions, but will be subject to x-ray screening at designated locations for entry into Enterprise Center.

Fans may still bring binoculars and cameras (no detachable lenses) if they are not in cases. Smart phones are allowed.

Working personnel, including media, can enter Enterprise Center through designated gates where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections already in effect for the Championships.

NO RE-ENTRY

In order to provide the safest environment for all, guests will not be permitted to exit and re-enter Enterprise Center during the Championships. Guests wishing to exit Enterprise Center for any reason during a session will not be allowed back into the arena.

For additional information on venue updates and assumption of risk, please visit: enterprisecenter.com/safety.

EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS

Fans are asked to stay home if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
CASH FREE FACILITY 

To allow for a more contactless experience, Enterprise Center now operates as a cash-free facility at concessions and retail locations. Payment with debit or credit cards, Google Pay or Apple Pay will be accepted at these locations. A reverse ATM is available at the arena for guests’ convenience. Please note that parking facilities surrounding Enterprise Center may still require cash.

CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
 
(All times listed as Central)

Thursday, March 18 
First Round
Session 1A – 10 a.m.
Session 1B – 1 p.m.

Second Round
Session 2A – 5 p.m.
Session 2B – 8 p.m.

Friday, March 19 
Quarterfinals
Session 3 – 10 a.m.
Session 4 – 2 p.m.

Semifinals
Session 5 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 20 
Medal Round
Session 6 – 10 a.m.

National Championships
Session 7 – 6 p.m.

NCAA Wrestling Championships on ESPN

For more information on the ESPN broadcasts: CLICK HERE

Championship Saturday Night
ESPN’s Championship Saturday night coverage will conclude the three-day event, with the network airing each national championship match beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Earlier in the day, ESPN2 and ESPN3 will begin the final day of competition with coverage of the Medal Round at 11 a.m.

Coverage highlights

  • One Screen, Multiple Mats: TV coverage will often show multiple mats at one time, with a scroll of both individual results and team standings continuously updating in real time
  • Robotic cameras will be stationed around the arena for the first time, including two on towers in the center to allow for a 360-degree view of all adjacent mats – providing a new and unique view
  • ESPN3 will offer individual feeds of each mat for all sessions, including all eight mats for the first round, second round, quarterfinals and semifinals, and all four mats in the medal round
  • Join the Conversation: Fans can follow the action on Twitter through @NCAAWrestling and join the conversation by tagging their tweets #NCAAWrestling

Recognizable Voices in the Sports Complement ESPN Coverage

  • Tim Johnson: The “voice of college wrestling” returns once again to ESPN’s coverage, having been a part of it for more than a decade. Johnson was named the 2007 broadcaster of the year by the National Wrestling Media Association. His broadcasting and leadership roles in the sport of wrestling span more than 30 years, including being the director of wrestling for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as the recipient of the prestigious Order of Merit award honoring a lifetime of contributions to the sport of wrestling.
  • Jim Gibbons: A former NCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year, he won an NCAA National Championship as the Cyclones head coach following a collegiate wrestling career where he was a three-time All-American and two-time Big Eight winner at Iowa State. He was inducted in the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003.

For the fourth year, Mike Couzens will call the action at the wrestling championships, handling all the prime-time sessions.  Shawn Kenney returns to the coverage and will handle the play-by-play for the first Round, quarterfinals and medal round. Quint Kessenich will be the reporter on all telecasts.

ST. LOUIS’ HISTORY HOSTING THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 

Over the years, St. Louis has been recognized throughout college wrestling as a premier site for the NCAA Wrestling Championships. The St. Louis local organizing committee has been lauded for its dedication, passion and innovation – elements that have helped grow the event. St. Louis has been rewarded for that success. The eight previous Wrestling Championships in St. Louis have created more than $100 million in direct visitor spending.

For more information on the Division I Wrestling Championships can be found at ncaa.com/wrestling.

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