Austintown, Ohio-The NCAA has awarded the 2025 Division III Football Championship to the city of Canton, Ohio. The OAC will partner with the Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau to co-host the event, in addition to the previously announced 2021 Football Championship and the 2022 Men's Volleyball Championship.
All three championship events will take place at Johnson Controls Pro Football Hall of Fame Village. The 2021 and 2025 NCAA Division III Football Championships will be played in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship will be held in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Fieldhouse.
This is the third time for this specific NCAA championship bid process, which created the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 86 championships across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This process now gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience.
Bidding for 86 of 90 NCAA championships began in August 2019 and more than 3,000 bid applications were ultimately submitted. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in more than 450 total championship event sites being awarded. More than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships each year. The four championships not included in the process due to preexisting site arrangements are: Division I baseball, Division I football, Division I softball and Division III women’s ice hockey.