GILLETTE STADIUM TO HOST 2017 NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP2017 event will mark the first time in NCAA history that the Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse championships will be hosted at the same venue.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The NCAA today announced that Gillette Stadium and the University of Massachusetts will host the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship over Memorial Day Weekend at the home of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution.
The women’s lacrosse championship will be played Friday, May 26 and Sunday, May 28 in conjunction with the Division I, II and III men’s lacrosse championships and will mark the first time in NCAA history that the Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse championships will be hosted at the same venue.
“We are honored and excited to host the women’s lacrosse championship on the same weekend as the men’s championships,” said Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group. “Bringing the men’s and women’s lacrosse communities together at Gillette Stadium, where we always enjoy celebrating championships, has long been a dream of ours. We are thrilled that dream will become a reality next May and cannot wait for the nation’s best lacrosse programs to face off in Foxborough.”
Said Ryan Bamford, UMass director of athletics: “The University of Massachusetts is proud to serve as the host institution and partner with our friends at Gillette Stadium. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate women’s lacrosse at the home of champions.”
While 2017 will mark the first time Gillette Stadium has ever hosted the Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship, the venue has a history of tremendous success hosting the men’s lacrosse championships. In 2008, Gillette Stadium set attendance records for the Division I final (48,970) and the Division II and III finals (24,317). The championships were also played in Foxborough in 2009 and 2012, attracting fans from 47 states and six international countries to the events.
For information on tickets, hospitality, fan activity and reunion opportunities, please visit www.ncaa.com/lacrosse.