GREENSBORO, N.C. – USA Rugby officially announces that the D1A Men’s College Rugby National Championship will be held in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday May 18, 2013.
With a rich college sports heritage in the region and a city well prepared to host premier college sporting events, Greensboro promises to be a great location for the national championship.
The venue, the University of North Carolina – Greensboro Soccer Stadium, has hosted high profile soccer matches including international men’s matches as well as NCAA National Championships, but never a rugby championship.
Greensboro Sports Commission President, Kim Strable, is excited to bring an emerging sport to the city.
“Greensboro is a community that understands and appreciates sports. We see this as our opportunity to help grow the sport of rugby and increase participation levels here in North Carolina,” Strable said.
The past two years, D1A has held its National Championship at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, but D1A Commissioner, Kevin Battle, believes Greensboro will deliver a top-class event.
“The city of Greensboro has a long history of hosting world class events in first class venues. We are proud to deliver this kind of experience for our D1A Championship participants and fans. The south, and North Carolina in particular, is doing a great job growing the game of rugby, so we hope this event can help spur that growth even further,” said Battle.
Tickets to the 2013 D1A National Championship are available for presale by calling 336-334-3250. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. The box office will sell tickets on the day of the championship, but availability is not guaranteed.
The city itself is in the “Triad,” the triangular area between Winston-Salem, High Point and Greensboro that is home to over 1.5 million people. It has a long college sports tradition and is where the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) was founded and where it is headquartered to this day.
Two major interstates (I-40 and I-85) run through the city and there are three airports (Piedmont Triad, Raleigh, and Charlotte) within a 90-minute drive of Greensboro. Additionally, it’s very close to the Blue Ridge Mountains and a half-day drive from the beautiful beaches of North Carolina.
Given that Greensboro is a college town, there are plenty of options for dining and entertainment. Strable advises visitors not to miss out on Stamey’s BBQ or UNCG staple Yum Yum’s.