BIG EAST Men's Soccer Matches Moved to Philadelphia Union's PPL Park

Andy Huftalin

Nov. 6, 2012

MILWAUKEE – Due to recent weather-related events, the BIG EAST Conference announced Tuesday that this weekend’s men’s soccer semifinals and championship match have been moved to PPL Park in Chester, Pa., home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.

Both semifinal matches on Friday, Nov. 9, as well as the league championship on Nov. 11, were originally scheduled to be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

Tickets that were previously purchased through Red Bull Arena will be honored at PPL Park. Tickets will also be available for purchase via the PPL Park website. Up-to-date information regarding the 2012 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship can be found at

Game times and television/radio broadcasts remain unchanged. Marquette will play Georgetown on Friday in the first semifinal at 4 p.m. Central time (5 p.m. ET), followed by Connecticut vs. Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m. CT. Both games will be nationally televised live on CBS Sports Network. The MU game can also be heard live on WMUR Marquette Radio.

Winners of Friday’s two semifinal matches will meet in the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET) on Sunday, Nov. 11, which will be available online at as well as regional networks across the country.

PPL Park, a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer stadium, serves as Philadelphia Union's home. The stadium is located less than 10 miles south of the Philadelphia International Airport, with easy access to major roadways such as I-95, I-476, US-322 and PA-291. Additionally, the Northeast Corridor Amtrak, Conrail and SEPTA rail lines run to the Chester Transportation Center, where shuttle service is available.

"We are happy to be able to step in and help the BIG EAST with this very important event,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “PPL Park and Philadelphia Union continue to be the home for top athletic and entertainment events, such as the BIG EAST Championship."



“It is great of PPL Park to step up in adverse times,” said Jim Siedliski, BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Olympic Sports. “Our heartfelt wishes go out to the areas affected by the storm last week. PPL Park is a state-of-the-art facility that will give our student-athletes a great postseason experience.”


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