LAFAYETTE, CO – D1A College Rugby today announced Santa Clara University as the 2018 host venue for their annual championship match, with tickets now available to fans. This year, the National Championship game will be played at Stevens Stadium, on the May 5. Moving from Saint Mary’s College – where the match had been held the previous two years – this will be the first time the D1A collegiate rugby championship will be held at Stevens Stadium. Tickets can now be purchased at www.d1arugby.com.
D1A Commissioner Kevin Battle noted, “We are excited to again bring championship rugby back to the San Francisco Bay Area. Stevens Stadium, formerly known as “Buck Shaw Stadium” in rugby circles is an iconic venue perfectly suited for the D1A Collegiate National Championships.”
The 2017-18 D1A Championship Series is shaping up to be the most exciting one yet. With the University of California and BYU rejoining the series, and a change in format to accommodate the ever-growing field of D1A schools, the entirety of the elite Men’s collegiate landscape will come together in one competition. The playoffs start with the Round of 16 on April 14th. A change in format means there will be no byes for any teams in the tournament. Each team will have to win in each round in order to progress to the Championship match, creating more opportunities for upsets.
Fans are enthused over the prospect of an all Bay Area Championship Game with Saint Mary’s and Cal currently lined up on opposite sides of the bracket. However perennial contender Life University and powerhouse BYU create a worth-while obstacle, rounding out the Top 4.
This match up could also mark the first time in five years the National Championship has not been between Saint Mary’s and Life. The semifinals and championship match can also be viewed live on CBS Sports Network and streamed live on The Rugby Channel.
“This is shaping up to be one of the most thrilling collegiate post-seasons yet. The quality of teams from top to bottom will ensure rugby fans are treated to many outstanding contests. Its tough to pick a favorite out of this group!” Battle added.