Over the last two years, the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship has been held at a world-class professional soccer facility. When this year's championship was moved from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, there were few venues that could match up to its outstanding amenities, first-rate pitch and tremendous fan experience.
However, the BIG EAST has found a more-than-adequate replacement in PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.
PPL Park has been home to Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union since 2010. The state-of-the-art facility stands on the banks of the Delaware River, giving fans sweeping views of the water and nearby Commodore Barry Bridge.
Located in Chester, Pennsylvania - the oldest city in Pennsylvania - PPL Park is only fifteen miles from Center City, Philadelphia and 10 miles from Philadelphia International Airport. The stadium has a capacity of 18,500 for soccer, and seating is as close to the field as FIFA regulations allow.
The pitch is natural grass, and there are sideline roofs providing fans protection from the weather. In addition to soccer, the stadium has a built-in stage and fits 26,000 fans for concerts. In addition, it has expansive grass areas surrounding it for tailgating and outdoor music festivals.
The field has hosted international friendlies, collegiate matches and even football games in the past two years.
This weekend Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette and Notre Dame will take the pitch to compete for the 2012 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship. Tickets are now available by clicking HERE.
In addition, Friday's semifinal games can be seen on CBS Sports Network and Sunday's final on BIGEAST.org, CBS Sports Network and a number of local BIG EAST Network affiliates. BIGEAST.org will also stream live press conferences following each game.
Visit CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL for more information. Click HERE for a full preview of the semifinal matches.