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Quad Cities may host six future NCAA championships

TPC Deere Run

The Quad Cities will put its name in the hat to host six NCAA championships.

That's according to Dave Herrell, president of Visit Quad Cities. He says it's one way to ramp up sports tourism in the region.

"We were in Indianapolis a couple months ago to show the NCAA that the Quad Cities is proactively wanting a relationship with your championship events, and we're going to put in that work, and we've never done that before."

He says TPC Deere Run could host two of the six.

"We're going to go after the Division I women's golf championship, and we're going to go after the Division I men's golf championship, because we believe, as a market, we can make that happen at TPC Deere Run."

"We've got a world class venue, we have the John Deere Classic in terms of infrastructure, that's a global event, we know that we can pull that off."

The golf championships are set for 2027 and 2028. The bids are due in February, and decisions will be made next year.

In the next couple of months, the Division III women's wrestling, and USA men's water polo championships will be held in the Quad Cities.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.