Nov. 6, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The 2012 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Tournament has been moved to PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union, in Chester, Pa. Connecticut, the No. 1 seed in the Blue Division, will face Notre Dame in the second semifinal beginning at 7:34 p.m. on Friday, November 9. Georgetown and Marquette face off in the first semifinal at 5:04 p.m. Both matches will be televised on CBS College Sports Network. The final is set for Noon on Sunday, November 11.
The tournament was moved from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., where it had been held the previous two years. UConn advanced to the semifinal with a 1-0 victory over Villanova in Storrs this past Sunday.
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.
Tickets that were previously purchased through Red Bull Arena will be honored at PPL Park. Tickets will also be available for purchase via the PPL Park website. Up-to-date information regarding the 2012 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship can be found on the Championship Central.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 6 and can be ordered online at www.comcasttix.com or http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/ To order tickets over the phone, call Comcast Tix at 1-800-298-4200. Tickets can also be purchased at the PPL Park Box Office, with no convenience fees.
For semifinal tickets on Friday, Adults are $20 and youths (12 and under) are $10. Ticket prices for Sunday are the same. Two-day tickets are available for $25 for adults and $18 for youths. Union season ticket holders will receive a code to purchase discounted tickets.
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.
Connecticut is searching for its eighth BIG EAST Tournament Title and first since 2007. The Huskies come into Friday's contest with a 15-2-1 record and a No. 6/8 ranking in the national polls. Last season, UConn fell to St. John's in overtime, 1-0, in the BIG EAST Championship.