The 2012 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship will be played at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., on Friday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 11. The tournament was moved from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., due to complications from Hurricane Sandy where it had been held the previous two years.
"Due to Hurricane Sandy and the issues still existing in its aftermath, we regretfully cannot host the 2012 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship for the third-straight year at Red Bull Arena," said Red Bulls General Manager Jérôme de Bontin. "We already have limited resources at our current disposal in hosting the MLS Cup Playoffs and want to ensure that if we did have the tournament, we could promise the BIG EAST's players, staff and fans a safe and professional experience. We want to thank the BIG EAST for their work and understanding in this unfortunate time and look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the conference and college soccer in general in the future."
The semifinals are Friday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET, with both matches televised on CBS Sports Network. All four teams to reach the semifinals are from the Blue Division. Georgetown, the No. 2 seed, will face Marquette, the No. 4 seed in the first game, before the No. 3 seed, Notre Dame, matches up against top-seeded Connecticut. The two semifinal winners will play on Sunday at noon, with an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship on the line. The title game will be broadcast live via BIGEAST.tv, as well as numerous regional sports networks.
Up-to-date information regarding the 2012 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship can be found on Championship Central.
PPL Park, a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer stadium, serves as Philadelphia Union's home. The stadium is located less than 10 miles south of the Philadelphia International Airport, with easy access to major roadways such as I-95, I-476, US-322 and PA-291. Additionally, the Northeast Corridor Amtrak, Conrail and SEPTA rail lines run to the Chester Transportation Center where shuttle service is available.
"We are happy to be able to step in and help the BIG EAST with this very important event,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “PPL Park and Philadelphia Union continue to be the home for top athletic and entertainment events, such as the BIG EAST Championship."
“It is great of PPL Park to step up in adverse times,” said Jim Siedliski, BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Olympic Sports. “Our heartfelt wishes go out to the areas affected by the storm last week. PPL Park is a state-of-the-art facility and will give our student-athletes a great postseason experience.”
Tickets that were purchased through Red Bull Arena will be honored at PPL Park and an updated link to buy tickets via the PPL Park website will be active later this afternoon. Tickets are available at www.comcasttix.com or on gameday at the PPL Park box office (no convenience fees at the box office). Parking for both days is $10 ($20 for oversized vehicles).
Friday, November 9, 2012:
Adult - $20
Youth (12 and Under) - $10
Sunday, November 11, 2012:
Adult - $20
Youth (12 and under) - $10
Adult - $25
Youth (12 and under) - $18