PPL Park to Host USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship

16 top universities to compete in two-day tournament at PPL Park

Chester, Pa. (November 9, 2010) – The second-ever USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship, a Rugby Sevens World Cup-style tournament featuring 16 top-tier collegiate rugby teams, will be held at PPL Park on the Chester Waterfront on both Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on NBC live on both days.

WATCH: USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship Preview

Both one day and two day combo passes can be purchased by Union season ticket holders during a pre-sale that ends on Thursday, November 11 at 10:00 p.m. A pre-sale code will be emailed to season ticket holders. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, November 15th at 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by going to www.comcasttix.com or by calling 1-800-298-4200. Fans can avoid convenience fees by buying tickets at the PPL Park box office. 

“PPL Park continues to draw the attention and interest of a wide range of events and now in partnership with the USA 7's Collegiate Rugby Championship, we are bringing the great sport of rugby for fans to enjoy right here to the greater Philadelphia region,” said Nick Sakiewicz, CEO & Operating Partner of Keystone Sports and Entertainment. 

WATCH: USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship Announcement Press Conference

“We are excited that NBC Sports is bringing the Collegiate Rugby Championship to Chester in 2011,” said Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. “Not only does this mean more jobs for Chester residents, but it also allows for a whole new set of fans and viewers to experience PPL Park and Chester’s fine waterfront, our historic birthplace.”

Rugby Sevens will be an Olympic sport starting in 2016 and the USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship offers fans a preview of the talent pool available for the U.S. Olympic team.

“International sports fans have always supported rugby with an ardent fervor and we hope the fans of Philadelphia will similarly embrace it,” said Jon Miller, Executive Vice President of NBC Sports. “We have high hopes that the Collegiate Rugby Championship and the sport itself will become part of the fabric of the city and the region.”

The USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship features 16 Division I collegiate traditional powers, including; Temple, Penn State, Notre Dame, Army, Navy, Cal and defending champs Utah.

“It is truly invigorating to see that Rugby 7’s is establishing a presence on the National stage in America,” said Donal Walsh, VP of Operations for USA 7’s Rugby. “We had such success with the first event in Columbus, it’s a true privilege to bring this competition to Philadelphia for its second year.”

Comcast-Spectacor, the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment, is a partner in the Tournament by supplying the marketing, sales, promotional, and publicity support. The company also manages PPL Park through its public assembly facility management subsidiary, Global Spectrum.

“We’re thrilled to help Rugby Sevens with this outstanding event,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “We are providing our full support to make this event a success and to keep it here at PPL Park for years to come.”

Broadcast Schedule:

  • NBC Sports live coverage from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
  • Universal Sports live coverage from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
  • NBC Mobile live simulcast from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
  • Hulu.com full event coverage available on-demand in HD quality video

ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the ownership group of Philadelphia Union and is comprised of Chairman/Owner Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher Buccini, Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of The Buccini/Pollin Group. The group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened PPL Park, the brand new $122 million soccer specific stadium on the Chester Waterfront, on June 27, 2010.  PPL Park, the home of Philadelphia Union, holds approximately 18,500 seats and will host various events throughout the year. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.

ABOUT USA SEVENS:

USA Sevens owns and operates America’s premier rugby event, the USA Sevens Rugby Tournament.  Held annually, the event is one of the eight international stops in the HSBC Sevens World Series. With an attendance of over 50,000 during the two day event, it is the largest annual rugby event in North America and one of the fastest growing rugby events in the world.