Penn To Host NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship

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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania will serve as the host institution for the 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship May 25 and 27 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

It will be the third consecutive year Penn has hosted an NCAA lacrosse championship event, having successfully held the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Divisions I, II, and III Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. Both events broke attendance records, with the 2006 final drawing 47,062 fans.

An official web site, www.DrawPhiladelphia.com, has been launched and will be the source for women’s lacrosse fans to buy tickets and get hotel and travel information.

“We are thrilled that Penn will host the 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship,” said Kerri Fagan, NCAA Associate Director of Championships. “They have proven to be outstanding hosts and have a first-rate lacrosse venue. The fan support in the community and dedicated staff will certainly run a first-class event and make the student-athlete experience one of the best yet. The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Committee is excited about Philadelphia and confident the 2007 Championship will be a complete success.”

“Penn Athletics is proud to sponsor a great championship event like the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament,” said Penn Director of Athletics Steve Bilsky, W’71. “The state of Pennsylvania has an extremely strong lacrosse community, and the Penn lacrosse programs play a nationally competitive schedule on an annual basis and have an active alumni following. All of these elements, plus the positive experiences gained from hosting the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships the last two years, were essential parts of the overall plan to get the 2007 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships to Philadelphia and Franklin Field.”

It will be the third time for Penn hosting the women’s lacrosse championship, having previouslyheld the finalsin 1983 and 1985.. Penn has also hosted the men’s championships four times, in 1973 and 1992 at Franklin Field and in 2005 and 2006 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Franklin Field has proven to be one of the world’s most historic sporting venues since its opening in 1895. The nation’s first double-decked college stadium, Franklin Field today is home to the Quakers’ lacrosse, football, field hockey and track & field teams, and annually hosts the world-renowned Penn Relays.