PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The 2012 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship will be played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., Nov. 2 & 4. Originally set for Morrone Stadium on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs, the switch is being made to help alleviate the complications on campus due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
"Due to varying safety and logistical issues, we are excited to partner with UConn and Rentschler Field to produce a top-notch championship event," said BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Olympic Sports Jim Siedliski. "The move to East Hartford will allow our four NCAA-caliber teams a championship experience at a world-class facility."
The UConn campus was closed Monday and Tuesday due to the Hurricane Sandy.
"We are pleased to assist The BIG EAST Conference and the University of Connecticut in relocating this event to Rentschler Field", said Michael Fresher, General Manager, Bushnell Management Services. "Since we are a Hartford-based management team with a close working relationship with the UCONN athletic department, we were able to quickly coordinate the local logistics of this event. We are proud to be of service to the community, the BIG EAST Conference and The University of Connecticut during this unprecedented time."
The 2012 BIG EAST women's soccer championship begins Friday. The semifinals are set for Nov. 2 at Noon and 2:30 p.m. ET. Both will be carried nationally on the CBS Sports Network. The title game is set for Nov. 4 at Noon and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network, as well as numerous regional sports networks, including SNY. The game also will be streamed live online for free at www.bigeast.tv
In addition, there will be free admission due to the change in venue and kickoff times.
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP (Semifinal 1, East Hartford, Conn.)
CBS Sports Network - Noon, ET; Notre Dame vs. Marquette
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP (Semifinal 2, East Hartford, Conn.)
CBS Sports Network - 2:30 p.m.; USF vs. Georgetown
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP (Title Game, East Hartford, Conn.)
Noon - BETV/CBS Sports Network