First 15 Schools into the 2019 Field include: Defending Champion Lindenwood, National Powerhouses St. Mary's, Army, Navy, Arizona, Penn State, Notre Dame, Kutztown, UCLA and More
PHILADELPHIA, March 7, 2019 (Newswire.com) - Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the largest annual collegiate rugby sevens event in the world, Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2 at Talen Energy Stadium in suburban Philadelphia.
The strong field the first weekend of June will feature men’s rugby sevens squads from the defending champion, Lindenwood University, as well as the University of Arizona, Army, Dartmouth, Kutztown, Life, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, St. Mary’s and UCLA, as well as regional standouts including Fordham, Iona, Saint Joseph’s and Temple. The remaining nine teams will be determined through a process of selection and qualifiers, with additional field announcements pending.
Reserved and Field Level tickets to the World’s Largest Collegiate Rugby Festival are available online at sevensrugby.com.
Before May 1,single day reserved tickets are $65, while field level tickets are $41. Full weekend reserved tickets are $109 and field level tickets are $68 for the full weekend.
After May 1, single day reserved tickets are $90 and field level tickets are $63, and full weekend reserved tickets are $132 and field level tickets are $79.
The 2019 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will mark the ninth consecutive year that the event has been held in Philadelphia and at Talen Energy Stadium, bringing national and International attention to the region through the live broadcasts on the networks of ESPN.
The weekend-long rugby event is one of the largest gatherings of collegiate and high school rugby teams in the world. Penn Mutual is in the fifth year of a title sponsorship for the event. Over 30,000 fans are expected for the three-day event.
The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will feature a 24-team field competing for the Pete Dawkins Trophy, named after the All-American football standout at West Point won the Heisman Trophy in 1958. Dawkins was a Rhodes Scholar and attended Oxford, where he used his outstanding football skills to make him a star on the Oxford Varsity rugby team, revolutionizing the game in the process.
The men’s most valuable player will receive the Mark Dombroski Most Valuable Player Trophy, named in honor of the late Saint Joseph’s rugby player who passed away in March 2018.
The annual event also features a 16-team Penn Mutual Collegiate Women’s Rugby Championship bracket, which will also be defended by Lindenwood University; the Freedom Cup Championship featuring a six-team men’s field vying for a spot in next year’s main bracket; the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) national championship; as well as a national high school tournament with both boys and girls teams. Fields for each of those events will be announced in the coming weeks.
The interest in Rugby Sevens (also known as Rugby 7s) continues to grow following the sports return to the Olympic Games in 2016, following a 92-year hiatus.
The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is part of a nationwide effort to build American rugby talent for competition on the International stage. In the past four years, the event has produced over a dozen players who have gone on to play for the U.S. National teams.
About United World Sports
United World Sports (UWS) is the largest commercial rugby entity in the United States, and the owner and operator of a growing portfolio of dynamic sports, media and apparel brands including the USA Sevens Rugby international tournament, the largest professional rugby event in North America; the Las Vegas Invitational, the largest amateur rugby event in the western hemisphere; the International Silicon Valley 7s; and the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the premier college 7s rugby championship. Through its apparel division, UWS owns the exclusive North and South American license for Rhino Rugby, one of the world’s leading rugby apparel and equipment brands. UWS also owns and operates RugbyToday.com, the largest and most widely read media destination dedicated to American rugby.
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Source: Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship