NCAA issues statement on hotel shortage at Lexington Regional
NCAA officials issued a statement on Tuesday saying Kentucky provided assurances that on-campus accommodations for teams traveling to the Lexington Regional this weekend were “apartment-style residence halls,” and that after “thoroughly discussing” accommodations for the Regional, the NCAA allowed UK to host one of the 16 Regionals this upcoming weekend.
Hotels appear to be rough to come by in Lexington this weekend. The 12th-seeded Kentucky Wildcats welcome Indiana, West Virginia, and Ball State to town for the opening round of the 2023 NCAA baseball tournament.
With high school baseball and softball tournaments and a country music festival scheduled for the same weekend, players from the 3 visitors are staying on Kentucky’s campus in dorms. A guide to on-campus housing was sent to players, coaches, and staff at each of Indiana, West Virginia, and Ball State.
The NCAA provided a statement to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jon Hale on Tuesday explaining its decision to allow Kentucky to host while knowing accommodations would be a challenge:
During the process of selecting regional host sites, the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee was made aware of the logistical challenges for the University of Kentucky due to previously scheduled events in the area.
Since Kentucky could not secure the minimum number of hotel rooms within the specified distance of no more than 30 miles from the host venue, the school informed the committee it had secured three different on-campus residence buildings within proximity to the baseball stadium where the teams could be housed. While the locations are residence halls, it was the understanding of the committee that the accommodations are an apartment-style residence facility. Kentucky also stated to the committee that each building will be staffed 24 hours a day by university personnel to provide any services needed.
Additionally, Kentucky secured hotel rooms at three separate sites in Louisville, which is approximately 65 miles away. If teams prefer, they will have the option to stay at one of the hotels in Louisville.
After thoroughly discussing the arrangements with Kentucky’s athletics administration, the committee voted to accept the university’s bid as a top-16 seeded regional host.
This weekend’s Regional will mark the first played at Kentucky Proud Park. It’s also just the third time in program history the Wildcats have hosted a Regional.
Kentucky faces Ball State at noon on SEC Network on Friday.