National Championship Series venues announced for spring 2014

National Championship Series venues announced for spring 2014
  • Five venues to host Men’s DI-A/DI-AA and Women’s DI/DII Collegiate Playoffs April 25-27
  • Men’s DI-A/DI-AA and Women’s DI/DII Collegiate Finals to be held May 9-11 at Stanford University
  • Pittsburgh and Dallas to host the Men’s DI/DII/DII and Women’s DI/DII Senior Club Playoffs May 17-18
  • Historic Breese Stevens Field in Madison, Wisc., is set as the venue for the Men’s DI/DII/DIII and Women’s DI/DII Senior Club Championships, held May 31

BOULDER, Colo. – Locations have been finalized for eight divisions of the 2014 USA Rugby Emirates Airline National Championship Series.

Spanning five locations, this year’s collegiate playoffs will both begin and end at Stanford University.

Starting Friday, April 25, four Women’s Division I, four Women’s Division II, and four Men’s Division I-AA teams will converge on Stanford University’s Steuber Rugby Stadium, a rugby-specific venue in the heart of Stanford’s historic California campus. Action will take place there through Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, the collegiate playoffs will kick off further east in four additional locations: Cochrane Stadium, a 2,133-seat stadium at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Tennessee Rugby Park, a rugby-specific venue in Knoxville, Tenn.; the East Athletic Fields at Penn State University in State College, Penn.; and the Atlanta Old White Rugby Facility in Atlanta, Ga.

The top four teams from each division will then meet for the semifinals and finals of the 2014 USA Rugby Emirates Airline National Championship Series at Stanford University May 9-11, with three action-packed days of rugby in the Bay Area.

Additionally, it has been finalized that the Men’s Collegiate Division I-A Championship will also take place during USA Rugby’s premier college weekend, to be held the evening of May 10. Playoff weekends leading up to the final will see rugby played from April 19 to May 3.

Breese Stevens Field is a 4,000-seat venue just blocks from the Wisconsin State Capitol

The following weekend will see the top 40 senior club programs participate in the 2014 Men’s DI/DII/DIII and Women’s DI/DII national quarterfinals and semifinals, held May 17-18. Teams from the western United States will return to Spring Trail Park in Irving, Texas, conveniently near the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; teams from the eastern United States will gather at Founders Field in Pittsburgh, Penn., home of the Pittsburgh Harlequins.

Following USA Rugby’s 2013-2014 Club Rugby Restructure, the western and eastern champion from each division will then play a single match for their division’s national championship, with matches held May 31 at historic Breese Stevens Field in Madison, Wisc. The 4,000-seat downtown venue is an idyllic rugby venue in the backyard of the 2013 Men’s Senior Club Division II National Champion Wisconsin Rugby Club.

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Comments (3)

  • Guest (Kerri O'Malley)

    In 2012 my D3 club traveled to Pittsburgh to play in National Playoffs. My club was not put on the championship fields for our first round game, and we were not on a pitch that was even close to 70M wide or 100M long. It would be great if USAR were able to set the schedule so that all 3 divisions could play on the "good fields" even if it means D3 plays early. These guys earned their spots to travel, don't put them on a field that I wouldn't even use for training.

  • Guest (Chuck)

    In reply to: Guest (Kerri O'Malley)

    Were you on the back field, back by the creek? I know that field. It's tiny. It's not even big enough for a youth team in my opinion.

  • Guest (Mike)

    In reply to: Guest (Kerri O'Malley)

    That is funny, we complained about that field last yr for a RAST that had the U15 teams on that field, I can't even imagine men's clubs! We requested the RAST this year and Pitt said they didn't have the fields that weekend so instead of letting us have the RAST they moved the weekend so Pittsburgh could have it there.Nice huh.