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Drexel Athletics Partners With the Philadelphia Sports Congress, the City of Philadelphia, PPL Park and the Philadelphia Eagles to Host the 2012 NCAA Lacrosse Quarterfinals and 2013 Men’s Lacrosse Championships

Drexel University and the City of Philadelphia will partner with the Philadelphia Eagles to host the 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships and with PPL Park to host the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals. It will be the first time since 2006 that the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships will be played in Philadelphia and the first time the quarterfinals have ever been held in the City of Brotherly Love.

"Drexel University is excited to work with PPL Park and the Philadelphia Eagles in bringing these NCAA events to the area,” Drexel President John A. Fry said. “It is a privilege for our University to host such prestigious collegiate events and to help crown a national champion in a sport with such a rich history."
“The city of Philadelphia is delighted to welcome back the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships and its many fans in 2012 and 2013. We welcome lacrosse fans from the region and across the country to this passionate sports city,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said. “I congratulate all of our partners who worked collaboratively to bring these high-profile events to Philadelphia, including Drexel University, the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and Philadelphia Sports Congress.” 
“The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships will bring thousands of fans from around the country to our region in 2012 and 2013,” David Montgomery, Chairman of the Philadelphia Sports Congress said. “This is another wonderful example of Philadelphia being one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic sports destinations.”  
Drexel and the Philadelphia Eagles will host the 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Lincoln Financial Field from May 25-27. The three-day event will include the Division I Semifinals and Championship game and the Division II and III title games. 
“We are delighted to learn that Lincoln Financial Field has been chosen as the venue for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships,” Philadelphia Eagles President Joe Banner said. “This is a great victory for the city of Philadelphia and the entire team that sought to compete nationwide to bring the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship here to the region. For years, we have worked with dedicated partners such as Drexel University to bring some of the most prestigious national and international sporting events to Philadelphia. Lincoln Financial Field, with more than 67,000 seats, attracts large world-class sporting events to the region and helps make Philadelphia a desired sports destination.”
The 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals will be hosted by Drexel at PPL Park, home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, on either May 19 or 20. The winner will advance to the NCAA Semifinals. PPL Park is a state-of-the-art, 18,500-seat stadium located in Delaware County. PPL Park opened this past summer and will be hosting its first NCAA lacrosse tournament.
"In just a short period of time since opening on June 27, PPL Park has drawn great reviews as a world-class soccer stadium and now we will show that it's also a world-class venue for lacrosse,” Nick Sakiewicz, Philadelphia Union and PPL Park CEO & Operating Partner, said. “We are proud to have earned the confidence and respect of the NCAA and, in partnership with Drexel University, we are honored to showcase our venue by bringing one of the NCAA's signature events to Chester and the Greater Philadelphia region. PPL Park is quickly becoming a destination for top shelf sports and entertainment.”
Since 2000, Philadelphia has been proud to host major sporting events, including the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, the NBA Finals, the U.S. Olympic Trials for Gymnastics and Table Tennis, NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships (in front of record crowds), NCAA Men's & Women's Basketball Tournaments, FIFA Women's World Cup, NBA All-Star Weekend, ESPN X-Games, the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, and the NCAA Women's Final Four. In 2011, Philadelphia will host the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional. Philadelphia will host the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four and is currently one of 18 cities in the United States bidding on the FIFA World Cup™ for 2018 or 2022.



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