For the fifth and sixth time in history, Missouri Western State University, partnered with the St. Joseph Sports Commission will host the 2023 & 2024 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship at the St. Joseph Civic Arena. The 2023 event will take place March 21 & 22 with the quarterfinals and semifinals only with the National Championship Game being held at the Division I site in Dallas, Texas. In 2024, all seven games will be contested in St. Joseph over the date of March 26, 27 & 29.
This will mark the fifth & sixth time the Elite Eight has been held at Civic Arena as the venue previously hosted the championship in 2003, 2004, 2010 & 2011.
As a whole, this will be the 16 & 17th NCAA Championship hosted in St. Joseph as in addition to the above, other events have included:
Division II Men's Basketball Regional - 1995
Division II Women's Basketball Regional - 1994, 1995, 2007
Division II Women's Basketball Finals - 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011
Division II Softball Finals - 2011
Division II Football Playoffs - 2011, 2012
Division II Women's Golf – 2013, 2021
Division II Men's Golf – 1997, 2005