Release Provided by Gannon University Athletics
ERIE, Pa. - Gannon University and the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) have announced the start of ticket sales for the 2018 NCATA National Championships scheduled for April 26-28 at the Hammermill Center. Tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 13 at www.gannontickets.com. Advance sales will only be available online until the actual event.
Gannon University and the Erie Sports Commission are serving as co-hosts of the 2018 NCATA National Championships. The all-tournament pass costs $25 for adults and $10 for seniors, military members and non-Gannon students. An all-tournament pass will provide access to all seven meets and the individual national championships. Daily passes for each day are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, military members and non-Gannon students. Children 12 years old or younger will be admitted free of charge.
The NCATA National Championships will be contested in the East for only the third time ever and first time since Fairmont State (W.Va.) University served as the host in 2015. The national championship event includes a single-elimination format with eight qualifying teams via at-large bids. The Elite Eight kicks off Thursday, April 26 with four quarterfinal meets at the Hammermill Center. Start times include 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The national semifinals are scheduled for Friday, April 27 and 5 and 7 p.m. Championship Saturday (April 28) will include the team national championship meet at 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony immediately following. The individual event championships are scheduled for the final night at 7:30 p.m.
The University of Oregon hosted the inaugural NCATA National Championships in 2011. Other past hosts included Baylor University (2012 and 2016), Quinnipiac University (2013), Azusa Pacific University (2014 and 2017) and Fairmont State University (2015). Baylor will be defending its crown after winning the last three national championships. All three titles came via victories over Oregon. The Ducks won the first five NCATA national championships, before the Bears captured the last three.
More information relating to the 2018 NCATA National Championships will be released as it becomes available. Please continue to stay up-to-date with the latest information at www.gannonsports.com and via Gannon's social media outlets on Facebook (@gannonsports), Twitter (@GUKnights) and Instagram (gannongoldenknights).