Tuesday, September 21, 2010

PPL Park to host 2012 NCAA Men's Lacrosse quarterfinals

Chester, Pa. (September 21, 2010) – PPL Park and Drexel University have teamed up to host the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals. It will be the first time the quarterfinals have been held in Philadelphia and the first time that PPL Park has hosted an NCAA lacrosse tournament.

"In just a short period of time since opening on June 27, PPL Park has drawn great reviews as a world class soccer stadium and now we will show that it's also a world class venue for lacrosse,” said Nick Sakiewicz, Philadelphia Union and PPL Park CEO & Operating Partner. “We are proud to have earned the confidence and respect of the NCAA and, in partnership with Drexel University, are honored to showcase our venue by bringing one of the NCAA's signature events to Chester and the Greater Philadelphia region. PPL Park is quickly becoming a destination for top shelf sports and entertainment.”

The 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals will take place on either May 19 or 20. The other quarterfinal will be hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The winners of the two games will advance to the NCAA Semifinals.

"Drexel University is excited to work with PPL Park in bringing these NCAA events to the area,” Drexel President John A. Fry said. “It is a privilege for our University to host such prestigious collegiate events and to help crown a national champion in a sport with such a rich history."

Since 2000, Philadelphia has been proud to host events including the U.S. Olympic Trials for Gymnastics and Table Tennis, NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships (in front of record crowds), NCAA Men's & Women's Basketball Tournament, FIFA Women's World Cup, NBA All-Star Weekend, ESPN X-Games, the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, and the NCAA Women's Final Four.

In 2011, Philadelphia will host the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional. Philadelphia will host the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four.

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