The D1A National Championship will return to Stevens Stadium at Santa Clara University, home to the 2018 National Championship, on May 4. With the change in playoff format, to Eastern and Western brackets, D1A has also secured sites for the national quarterfinals and semifinals. The national Round of 16 will be hosted by the highest seed in each matchup. Tickets will be available shortly.
“We are excited to return to Stevens Stadium for this year’s championship,” said D1A Commissioner Kevin Battle. “They were fantastic hosts last year and have a first-class facility. We very happy to be playing here once again.”
Stevens Stadium proved to be the perfect location for the National Championship last year, with fans flocking to watch Life University win their second championship in three years and third in five. This year could see a repeat of the match, with the national championship to be played between Eastern and Western champions.
The national quarterfinals and semifinals have also had their locations set. The national quarterfinals will be played on April 20 where the US Naval Academy’s Prusmack Rugby Complex will host two matches in the Eastern bracket; while the University of California – Berkeley’s Witter Rugby Field will be home to the two Western fixtures.
The National Semifinals will be played the following week, on April 27. Life University’s Lupo Family Field will host the Eastern Championship and Saint Mary’s College will be home to the Western.
“When changing the structure to two brackets, an east and a west, we recognized the importance of securing locations for the two preceding rounds to the championship,” continued Battle. “We were happy to have, Cal, Life, Navy and Saint Mary’s as hosts to these rounds, as they have some of the best facilities, not just in college rugby, but in all of American Rugby.”
Every match of the D1A National Championship Series will be broadcast and available for fans nationwide. FloRugby will exclusively carry the Round of 16 and quarterfinals, along with streaming of the semifinals and championship. Additionally, CBS Sports Network will broadcast both the semifinals and championship match.