Worcester Bravehearts Fan Fest Coming April 23

20 Apr

The Worcester Bravehearts announced plans to host their third annual Fan Fest on Saturday, April 23rd in conjunction with their single-game tickets and All Star tickets going on sale to the general public. Fan Fest is free and will take place at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field from 12pm – 3pm. Tickets will be available for all 30 of the team’s regular-season home games in the 2016 season, including the league All Star Game on July 13th.

Just as in previous years, the event will feature a scavenger hunt, inflatable obstacle course, and free Fitton Field Franks & popcorn to the first 1,000 fans. A new feature this year will allow fans to “Swing for Their Seats” and have a chance to hit a home run in order to win season tickets. For $20, the “Swing for Your Seat” promotion gives fans five swings against Bravehearts’ coach Kevin Hartigan. If the fan hits a home run over the fence in those five swings, he or she will win two free season tickets for the 2016 season. Even if the fan is unable to hit a home run, the $20 entry fee will be applied to a merchandise or ticket purchase. Current season ticket holders who are successful in hitting a home run will receive free season tickets in 2017.

“We always look for ways to introduce new activities at our events,” said General Manager Dave Peterson. “It’s important for the Bravehearts to continually roll out new ideas that excite different segments of the fan base each year, and the ‘Swing for Your Seats’ promotion is a fun way to do that.”

The gates will open at Hanover Insurance Park at 9:00 AM this year for a Job Fair and Coaches Clinic. The job fair will advertise openings with the Bravehearts in concessions, parking & security, maintenance, and hospitality at the ballpark over ten weeks this summer. The coaches clinic is an opportunity for parents to learn from Bravehearts coaches about how to become better coaches for their sons or daughters who play youth baseball or softball. Both the job fair and coaches clinic will run from 9:00 – 12:00 before the Fan Fest begins.

Fan Fest also marks the first chance for fans to purchase tickets to the Futures League All Star Experience on Wednesday, July 13th. That event will feature a Fitton Ave Fan Fest with live music, Home Run Derby, and giveaways & celebrity appearances throughout the evening. Reserved seats will be available for $15 and General Admission will be $10.

The Bravehearts have already announced two-thirds of the roster that will take the field on June 3rd in an attempt to win a third straight Futures League championship. Eight players from the 2015 team will return, including West Boylston resident Dante Ricciardi (Georgetown University) and Auburn resident Zack Tower (UMass-Lowell). New local players such as Nick Barry of Grafton (UMass-Lowell), Ryan Ward of Millbury (Bryant University), and Peter Bovenzi of Lunenburg (University of Richmond) will also be wearing the navy blue and lime green with the Bravehearts this summer.

Bravehearts single-game tickets are available to adults in the Premium Box level for $9, in the Box level for $8, and in the Grandstand for $7. Tickets for children under 12 are $7, $6, and $5 respectively. Fans will also save $1 on each ticket by purchasing them at Fan Fest, online, or by phone at 508-438-3773 in advance of each game. Fans who hold Bravehearts’ Flex vouchers or gift certificates for tickets may also begin exchanging them for actual seats beginning Saturday the 23rd at noon. All exchanges must be made in person or over the phone.

 

GILLETTE STADIUM TO HOST 2017 AND 2018 NCAA MEN’S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

12 Apr

GILLETTE STADIUM TO HOST 2017 AND 2018 NCAA MEN’S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Championships return to home of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution for first time since 2012

 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The NCAA, Gillette Stadium and Harvard University today announced the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships will be played at Gillette Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. The Division I, II and III Men’s Lacrosse Championships will be played over Memorial Day Weekend, on May 27-29 in 2017 and on May 26-28 in 2018.

 

“We are honored to have earned the bid to host the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium in 2017 and 2018,” said Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group. “We love to celebrate championships at Gillette Stadium and are eager to host the lacrosse national championship games for the fourth and fifth times. I have a son who played lacrosse collegiately and three grandsons who I have enjoyed watching play and can speak to the tremendous growth of the game here in New England. The passion and support by fans of the game were evident when we hosted our first lacrosse championship game and set an attendance record in 2008. We look forward to hosting record-breaking crowds once again in the years ahead.”

 

The agreement marks the fourth and fifth times the championships will be held at Gillette Stadium, where the event has enjoyed a history of tremendous success. 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.

 

The New England lacrosse community is comprised of 77 NCAA teams, 34,272 players, 809 high school teams and 86,034 registered US Lacrosse members. New England is home to the largest youth lacrosse organization (Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League) in the United States and the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of US Lacrosse is the largest in the country with 43,000 members.

 

“My family and I are thrilled to bring the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships back to Gillette Stadium,” said Dan Kraft, president international of The Kraft Group and a former lacrosse player at Tufts University. “We look forward to working with the NCAA and all of our partners to create a great experience for the players, fans and lacrosse community.”

 

“Harvard is thrilled to once again partner with Gillette Stadium to serve as hosts of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships in 2017 and 2018,” said Bob Scalise, Harvard’s John D. Nichols ‘53 Family Director of Athletics. “We look forward to working with the NCAA and the lacrosse community to prepare for some exciting weekends of lacrosse at the upcoming NCAA Division I, II and III Championships.”

 

“We look forward to once again welcoming lacrosse fans from across the U.S. and across the globe to Boston and Foxborough,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Lacrosse fans will enjoy exploring and discovering our extraordinary cultural attractions and historical sites, in addition to watching great lacrosse at Gillette Stadium.”

 

Ticket, hospitality, reunion opportunities and fan activity information will be announced at a later date.

 

–www.GilletteStadium.com–

 

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

The following quotes on the return of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships were compiled by Gillette Stadium and are for use as desired:

 

Chris Wojcik, Harvard University men’s lacrosse head coach – “New England will once again host the NCAA Championships and a great weekend of lacrosse. Our region’s high school and youth lacrosse communities will have the opportunity to attend the games and enjoy the festivities around Championship weekend. Hosting the three-day event will boost the continued growth of the game in New England and expose our region to the best of college lacrosse.”

 

Lars Tiffany, Brown University men’s lacrosse head coach – “It is exciting for New England to once again host this great event. I know the Brown University and Rhode Island lacrosse communities will be active supporters of the championships. ”

 

Mike Daly, Tufts University men’s lacrosse head coach – “It is an honor for New England and all of the college programs in the region to be a part of this special event. This is the biggest event in our game and to host it in our backyard is very special.Thank you to the Kraft family for hosting these lacrosse games at Gillette Stadium and continuing their commitment to sports in New England.”

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Murphy, Bentley University men’s lacrosse head coach – “Having seen the annual growth of the game in New England I am excited for all the youth, high school and college players to have an opportunity to watch the best of the best play in the NCAA Championships at Gillette Stadium.”

 

Tom Spangenberg, president of Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League – “The Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse family, comprised of 20,000 players, 2,500 coaches and over 900 teams from 160 towns in Massachusetts truly looks forward to having this great event in our backyard again. Our families really enjoyed themselves in 2008, 2009 and 2012 and we will actively promote the games to them again in 2017 and 2018.”

 

Kevin McDonald, chair of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of US Lacrosse – “Hosting the NCAA championships in Massachusetts is a feather in the cap for so many people who have helped grow the game. The opportunity for boys and girls of all ages, along with their family members, to watch the NCAA championships will be a wonderful experience for all.”

 

 

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships return to MA in 2017 & 2018

12 Apr

NCAA awards men’s lacrosse 2017, 2018 quarterfinal and final sites

Mark Bedics | NCAA.com
Last Updated – Apr 12, 2016 11:12 EDT
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The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committees for Divisions I, II and III have announced the sites for the 2017 and 2018 men’s lacrosse finals and the 2017 and 2018 Division I men’s lacrosse quarterfinals.

Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, will be the site of the 2017 and 2018 Division I semifinals and final, in addition to the Divisions II and III national championship games. These championships will represent the fourth and fifth time that the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots has hosted the event. The championships also took place there in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Harvard University will serve as the host school.

The 2008 Division I men’s lacrosse title game at Gillette Stadium set a record for highest championship game attendance when 48,970 fans attended.

“We are excited about heading back to Gillette Stadium,” said Eugene Doris, chair of the Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee and athletics director at Fairfield University. “The venue is one of the best in the nation and will provide our student-athletes with a memorable experience. Lacrosse in the New England area continues to explode, and we are excited to bring our event to the area to showcase what NCAA lacrosse is all about.

“It was a very difficult decision for the committee; there were a number of quality facilities and great communities under consideration,” Doris continued. “The committee is grateful to the communities that continue to support and show an interest in the men’s lacrosse championship.”

Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group and also owner of the Patriots, looks forward to the lacrosse events.

“We are honored to have earned the bid to host the NCAA men’s lacrosse championships at Gillette Stadium in 2017 and 2018,” he said. “We love to celebrate championships at Gillette Stadium and are eager to host the lacrosse national championship games for the fourth and fifth times. Lacrosse has seen tremendous growth at all levels throughout New England, and the passion and support by fans of the game were evident when we hosted our first lacrosse championship game and set an attendance record in 2008. We look forward to hosting record-breaking crowds once again in the years ahead.”

The 2017 Division I men’s lacrosse quarterfinals will be split between James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, New York, on the campus of Hofstra University and the University of Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. In 2018, two quarterfinals games will be held again at Hofstra, while the other quarterfinals matchups will be at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. Hofstra has previously hosted the quarterfinal round eight times, most recently in 2014, while Delaware also held the event in 2014. Navy has hosted five times previously, including in 2015.

For more information on the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, log on to NCAA.com/lacrosse.