M&T Bank Stadium, Other Maryland Venues Didn't Submit Bids for NCAA Championships
The Baltimore Ravens, who will host the NCAA men's lacrosse championships for the sixth time in 12 years this May at M&T Bank Stadium, did not submit a bid to the NCAA to host the event between 2015 and 2018, Inside Lacrosse reported, and other scheduling and logistical conflicts prevented state of Maryland venues from making bids to host men's or women's championships in the four-year span.
A Ravens official cited potential future conflicts with Baltimore Orioles home games as a critical factor in the decision not to put in a bid. M&T Bank Stadium and the Orioles' Camden Yards share parking facilities in downtown Baltimore, presenting logistical problems for events scheduled on the same day.
This year the Orioles are scheduled to play home games against the Cleveland Indians on May 24, when the Division I men's semifinals are scheduled, and May 25, the day of the Division II and III championships. Game times for any of the events involved have not yet been announced. There is no conflict for the D-I men's championship May 26.
Additionally, Terry Hasseltine, director of the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing, told Lacrosse Magazine last week that logistical and administrative issues prevented the state's traditionally bid-oriented schools from being viable options in this cycle. That defeated the goal to make Maryland a semi-permanent home for the lacrosse championships.
The NCAA last Wednesday announced Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and Chicago's Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Bears, as finalists to host the Division I, II and III men's championships in the four-season span. Winners will be named Dec. 11.
Hasseltine said Maryland's Byrd Stadium was not an option because of potential conflicts related to the Terps' transition to the Big Ten in the four-year span from 2015 to 2018. The school this summer launched a campaign to build an indoor practice facility for its football team.
Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., traditionally hosts U.S. Naval Academy graduation over Memorial Day weekend. On the women's side, Towson and UMBC were considered, but administrative changes — both schools hired new athletic directors this summer — complicated matters, Hasseltine said.
The NCAA has changed up its bid process, seeking to in December name sites for 81 of its 89 championships in four-year blocks, a departure from naming sites for individual sports, annually or in two-year terms.