USA Rugby is excited to team up with ESPN to produce, live stream and telecast two marquee 2013 USA Rugby National Collegiate Championship events.
ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, will carry the May 18 Men’s Division 1-A College National Championship and the Men’s and Women’s College 7s National Championship Semi-Finals and Finals in November (location TBD). Both events will also be telecast on ESPNU.
Nigel Melville, President and CEO of USA Rugby comments:
“USA Rugby is proud to collaborate with ESPN for two mainstay Collegiate National Championships in 2013. ESPN is clearly a global leader in sports with remarkable production capabilities and reach. ESPN3 and ESPNU will help us showcase the incredible athleticism and rugby talent in our collegiate rugby community, including potential future USA Rugby Olympians, to mainstream sports fans across America.”
This year’s Men’s D1-A College National Championship venue is the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Soccer Stadium. Follow the playoff action at d1arugby.com or usarugby.org.
Men’s D1-A National Championship Ticket Information:
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Time: 7:00pm EST
To purchase tickets, please call 336–334–3250.
- Groups (10 or more): $8
- Adults: $10
- Children 10 and under, Military ID and College Students: $5
Hotel Discounts for D1-A Fans!
USA Rugby partner hotel: Sheraton Greensboro at Four Season (www.sheratongreensboro.com), 3121 High Point at I-40, Greensboro, NC, 2407. Ask for the “USA Rugby Fans” rate of $99/night. To book your room, call 336.292.9161
About Men’s D1-A College Rugby:
Men’s Division 1-A is an elite collegiate rugby competition sanctioned and administered by USA Rugby. The conference-based league features 35 elite men’s college rugby teams competing in six conferences: Allied Rugby, Big Ten, California, East, Mid-South, and West. The regular season sees all teams in the conference play one another, with the two top seeds qualifying for the playoffs. Playoffs are single elimination and the two unbeaten teams advance to the Division 1-A final.
About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts over 30 national playoff and championship events every year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. It is currently available to more than 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.
The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually and offers over 1,000 original studio shows. ESPNU has seen a steady increase since its inception on March 4, 2005 and is now in 75 million households. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNUHD, now in over 20 million homes. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers – Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.