WESTFIELD, IN— Grand Park is gearing up to host the best men’s collegiate soccer players in the nation, serving as host for the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournaments for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Following preliminary round play on campus sites, the semifinals and finals of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament will occur at Grand Park on November 11 and 13. Not only will the event be Grand Park’s first collegiate soccer tournament, but it is also the Big Ten’s first men’s soccer tournament at a neutral location.
“We are excited for the opportunity to take the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament to Grand Park,” said Big Ten Associate Commissioner for Sports Administration Wendy Fallen. “When it was decided to move this event from campus to a neutral site, Grand Park quickly climbed to the top of our list. Our goal at our events is to produce a second-to-none experience for our students and fans and we look forward to continuing that tradition in collaboration with Grand Park.”
Four Big Ten men’s soccer teams will play in semifinal matches Friday, November 11, at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The winning teams will face off for the conference tournament title on Sunday, November 13, at 2 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Tickets to attend both semi-final games on Friday are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Tickets for the championship game on Sunday are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Call 317-975-2021 for group tickets and pricing. All tickets are general admission with limited seating available. Active military and veterans may attend for $1.
Additionally, from November 11-13 Grand Park will host the Men’s College Showcase which is part of the North American College Showcase Series. More than 150 teams of players ages 13-18 from 14 states and Canada will compete in front of college coaches and scouts. More than 4,000 spectators are expected at Grand Park for the Men’s College Showcase and Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament.
“We’re excited to host the 2016 and 2017 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournaments at Grand Park,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. “Coupled with the Men’s College Showcase, this weekend should be a special opportunity to showcase the Grand Park facilities, including the new Events Center. The large number of teams and spectators from other states will have a big impact on our local businesses.”
This event is made possible due in part by a $20,000 grant from Sports Indiana; obtained by the Hamilton County Sports Authority.
About Grand Park Sports Campus
Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, is a destination like no other. The thoughtfully designed 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. The Grand Park Events Center is now open, featuring three full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and administrative offices. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor basketball/volleyball facility opened in January 2016. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor.
More than 1.5 million sports visitors are expected to participate in or attend tournaments and events at the Grand Park Sports Campus on an annual basis, making the surrounding area a prime location for economic development. The master plan outlines approximately 1,400 acres of land available for residential and commercial development, including hospitality (hotel, restaurant and retail), mixed-use, life science and corporate office uses.
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About the Big Ten Conference
The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,500 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. The Big Ten sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.