FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) today announced the host for the 2024 National Championship, which will return to Fairmont State University and Joe Retton Arena for the second time in the association’s history.
Fairmont State also hosted the NCATA national championship in 2015, with Baylor University coming away with its first-ever national title that spring.
“Fairmont State University is excited to be hosting the NCATA National Championship this year,” said University President Dr. Michael Davis. “We are eager to welcome the best Acrobatic & Tumbling teams from around the nation to our campus this April. We know that Fairmont State University, the City of Fairmont, and Marion County will make all of our guests feel welcomed.”
Fairmont State Director of Athletics Greg Bamberger echoed Dr. Davis’ excitement.
“We are very excited to host the 2024 NCATA National Championship at Fairmont State University,” Bamberger stated. “As one of the founding institutions of the great sport of Acrobatics & Tumbling, we are thrilled to bring the Top 8 teams in the country to Joe Retton Arena, to showcase the amazing athletic ability of these young women.”
The 2024 championship is set for April 25-28, with the quarterfinals set for Thursday, semifinals scheduled for Friday evening, and the national championship meet slated for Saturday. National Event Finals will be contested on Sunday morning to wrap up championship weekend.
“We are excited to return to Fairmont State University, one of our founding members, to host the national championship event this spring,” said NCATA Executive Director Janell Cook. “We look forward to building on the engagement fans, youth athletes, and alumni demonstrated during last year’s event at nearby West Liberty University. Greg Bamberger and the staff at Fairmont State are prepared to deliver a special experience for participating student-athletes and fans.”
Completed in 1978, the Feaster Center and Joe Retton Arena serve as the official home of Fairmont State Athletics, including the basketball arena, competition pool, video room, newly renovated locker rooms and an athletic training suite. The summer of 2014 featured a $1.2 million renovation of Joe Retton Arena, including a new gym floor, seating, lighting, sound system and LED scorer’s table.
“We are thrilled to have the NCATA National Championship back in Fairmont,” said Fairmont State Head Acrobatics & Tumbling Coach Danielle Cutri. “It is an awesome opportunity to showcase our facilities and all Fairmont State has to offer. We are also excited to showcase an acrobatics & tumbling national championship to our community while celebrating these talented young women.”
Additional information regarding the championship schedule, event tickets and live streaming will be available in the spring.
The NCATA National Championship returns to the state of West Virginia for the third time in the event’s history. In addition to Fairmont State hosting in 2015, West Liberty University hosted the national championship last spring at the ASRC.