Men's Basketball National Championship

NAIA Championship Host Manual & Style Guide  

Event Name:

NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship

Seeking Site For:

2027 & 2028

Bid Deadline:

June 1, 2025

Bid Packet:

Bid Packet will be posted here in August 2024. 

Rights Fee:

$30,000 (Minimum)

Event Dates:

March 18 - March 23, 2027

March 16 - March 21, 2028

Days of the Week:

Thursday - Tuesday

Number of Teams:

16 team single-elimination format

Estimated Number
of Participants & Fans:

300-350 players, coaches, & staff
40,000 fans

Host Requirements:

Generate adequate sponsorship to support the event budget, produce a Teaming Up for Character activity in your community that involves NAIA student-athletes, produce a compelling student-athlete kick-off event that includes a meal for all athletes and official travel party.

Facility Requirements:

Regulation collegiate basketball court; arena facility with seating capacity of 3,500 minimum with a minimum of 4 quality locker rooms. Also, concession and souvenir space must be made available.

Hotel Requirements:

Centralized facility that has quality rooms, meeting rooms and possible banquet capacity for a minimum of 500 people.

Average Length of Stay:

4-5 nights

Room Block Needed:


Room Rate:

The price range is $100-$135, regardless of room occupancy

Hotel Pre-Registration:

Participants will be responsible for making reservations and paying for rooms directly with the hotel.


Rick Daum, Championship Sport Manager

Event History:

NAIA Men's Division I

1937-1943: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.
1944: No tournament held
1945-1974: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.
1975-1993: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Mo.
1994-1998: Mabee Center, Tulsa, Okla.
1999: Donald W. Reynolds Center, Tulsa, Okla.
2000-2001: Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, Okla.
2002-2025: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.

NAIA Men's Division II

2018-2019: Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, SD
2000-17: Keeter Gymnasium, College of the Ozarks, Mo.
1998-99: Idaho Center, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho
1993-97: Montgomery Fieldhouse, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho