Delaware Stadium Selected as Host Site for 2014 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals
December 5, 2012
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware’s Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium has been selected as a quarterfinal site for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.
Delaware Stadium was one of 73 sites announced by the NCAA as hosts for championships from 2013 through 2015. Sites were selected for 54 of the 89 championships across 18 sports and all three divisions. Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium will serve as the other NCAA Men’s Lacrosse quarterfinal site in 2014.
The University of Delaware is no stranger to hosting NCAA Tournament action as the Blue Hens will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament this coming March 24-26 at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delaware Stadium has hosted NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament action three others times. Delaware hosted the NCAA Division I Championship Game in 1984, the first-ever NCAA Final Four in 1986, and NCAA first round games in 2002.
The 22,000-seat stadium serves not only as the home of the Blue Hen men’s and women’s lacrosse teams but is also one of the finest venues in the nation among NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision programs. The lighted stadium includes a synthetic FieldTurf surface that was installed in 2009.
“Being selected to host the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals at Delaware Stadium is a great opportunity for the lacrosse community to enjoy the excitement of Division I lacrosse in an outstanding venue,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who has led six of his teams to NCAA Tournament play while at the helm of the Blue Hens, including a trip to the NCAA Final Four in 2007. “Delaware Stadium provides easy access and excellent parking along with great tailgate opportunities for spectators. Inside, every seat is right on top of the action.
“The quarterfinals will give our University and athletic department additional exposure and an opportunity to showcase our facilities,” continued Shillinglaw. “In addition, all lacrosse fans will have the chance to enjoy the campus and Newark’s Main Street with its many restaurants and shops. It will be a great weekend of lacrosse. We are excited about having another opportunity to host Division I Lacrosse action in 2014.”
In addition to the six previous NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament games held at Delaware Stadium, the venue has served as host to 25 NCAA Football Tournament games, most recently the NCAA semifinals in 2010.
The Delaware men’s lacrosse team will open play in Delaware Stadium on Feb. 9 vs. Bucknell while the Blue Hen women, led by third-year head coach Kateri Linville, will open their home schedule Feb. 16 vs. Georgetown.