OSU to host NCAA postseason events

Oregon State will be the host institution for five NCAA tournament events from 2019-22, the NCAA announced on Tuesday morning.

OSU will be the host for one of four regional sites for the 2019 and 2020 NCAA women’s basketball tournament, to be held at the Moda Center in Portland.

The 2019 regional will be held either March 29 and March 31 or March 30 and April 1. The 2020 regional will be March 27 and March 29 or March 28 and March 30.

The Beavers have been to the NCAA tournament the past four seasons under coach Scott Rueck and have reached the regional site the past two seasons.

Oregon State will also be the host institution for the 2022 men’s basketball first- and second-round tournament games, also set for the Moda Center.

First-round games — four of them — will be played on March 17 with the second-round games — two of them — to be played on March 19.

The bid, submitted in August 2016, was put together by Oregon State, the Rose Quarter, the Oregon Sports Authority and Travel Portland.

“It’s great to work for a university and athletic department that are proactive in hosting championship-level events,” Oregon State men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle said in a statement. “I want to thank our partners for their efforts to bring the NCAA tournament to Dam City. We are excited that fans in Portland and Beaver Nation can watch college basketball’s premier event in their own backyard.”

The tournament has been in Portland before, in 2009, 2012 and 2015 when Oregon was the host school.

The Beavers' gymnastics program will be the regional host in 2019 and 2022.

The 2019 regional will take place on April 6, with the 2022 date set for April 2.

OSU has hosted regional competitions 15 times, with the last coming in 2013. The Beavers have won six regional titles as the host school.

“Competing at home in the postseason is an incredible advantage especially for us to be in front of Beaver Nation in Gill Coliseum,” volleyball coach Tanya Chaplin said in a release. “We are so fortunate to have such a knowledgeable fan base that has a true appreciation for quality gymnastics.

“Every gymnast performing at a regional deserves to have that support and to compete in the kind of atmosphere we are able to provide in Gill Coliseum.”

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