July 25, 2014
NEW YORK - The BIG EAST Conference received approval from the league's athletic directors on Thursday evening for the 2014-15 proposed championship sites. Sixteen of the conference's 20 Olympic postseason events' dates and locations have been solidified, with the remaining four tournaments to be announced shortly. New York Life is the presenting sponsor for all BIG EAST championships for the second consecutive academic year.
The schedule is bookended with two sites hosting a BIG EAST championship for the first time. The 2014 BIG EAST Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will make their inaugural trip to Indianapolis Oct. 31, while the 2015 BIG EAST Baseball Championship heads to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., May 21-24. In all, there are four 2014-15 championships that will take place at new sites, as the semifinals and final of the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship will hail from St. John's Belson Stadium in Jamaica, N.Y., on Friday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 9, and the 2015 BIG EAST Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will play out at the Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center Pool in Ithaca, N.Y., Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 18-21.
Two championships will return to venues after brief layoffs. The 2014 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship goes back to Providence for the first time since 2009 and is set for Friday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 9 at the Friar Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. After hosting the event in 2007, 2011 and 2012, Marquette's Al McGuire Center will be the site for the 2014 BIG EAST Volleyball Championship Friday-Saturday, Nov. 28-29.
Currently there are eight championships in 2014-15 headed back to the same venue as last year. The semifinals and final of the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship will take place at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., for the third straight season. The semifinals will commence Friday, Nov. 14 and the championship game Sunday, Nov. 16. The 2015 BIG EAST Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships will play out at the famed New York City Armory for the second straight year and sixth time in the last eight, with competition set for Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 28-March 1.
The theme of familiarity continues for four spring championships. The 2015 BIG EAST Women's Golf Championship (Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18) returns to LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., while the 2015 BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship (Sunday-Tuesday, April 26-28) heads back to Callawassie Island Club in Okatie, S.C. The 2015 BIG EAST Softball Championship is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, May 8-9 at the Ballpark at Rosemont in suburban Chicago. It will mark the second straight year for those three championships at their respective venues.
Villanova is no stranger to hosting the BIG EAST Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and the teams will return to Villanova Stadium for the 2015 edition Friday-Saturday, May 8-9. The Wildcats will welcome the field for the 24th time overall and first time in back-to-back years since 2008-09.
Sites for BIG EAST Championships in the spring of 2015 in men's and women's tennis and men's and women's lacrosse will be announced at a later date.
2014-15 BIG EAST Olympic Sport Championships
Men's and Women's Cross Country
Northview Church - Indianapolis, Ind. - Friday, Oct. 31
Friar Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex - Providence, R.I. - Friday/Sunday, Nov. 7/9
Belson Stadium - Jamaica, N.Y. - Friday/Sunday, Nov. 7/9
(Semifinals and championship; first round Tuesday, Nov. 4 on campus sites)
PPL Park - Chester, Pa. - Friday/Sunday, Nov. 14/16
(Semifinals and championship; first round Tuesday, Nov. 11 on campus sites)
Al McGuire Center - Milwaukee, Wis. - Friday-Saturday, Nov. 28-29
Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving
Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center Pool - Ithaca, N.Y. - Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 18-21
Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field
The Armory - New York City - Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 28-March 1
LPGA International - Daytona Beach, Fla. - Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18
Callawassie Island Club - Okatie, S.C. - Sunday-Tuesday, April 26-28
Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field
Villanova Stadium - Villanova, Pa. - Friday-Saturday, May 8-9
Ballpark at Rosemont - Rosemont, Ill. - Friday-Saturday, May 8-9
TD Ameritrade Park - Omaha, Neb. - Thursday-Sunday, May 21-24