(Photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University Athletics)
Being held Nov. 25 through Dec. 1, 2018, the Fall Festival includes NCAA Division II championships in men’s and women’s soccer, women’s field hockey, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country. All the championships except for cross country will be held in Pittsburgh.
“I’d first like to congratulate VisitPittsburgh on securing the 2018 Division II Fall Festival with Slippery Rock and Clarion as co-host institutions,” PSAC Commissioner Steve Murray said. “The Festivals are huge events in Division II and it will be wonderful for schools in the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions to have access to the Festival in Pittsburgh.”
Slippery Rock will serve as the host institution for men’s and women’s soccer, women’s field hockey and men’s and women’s cross country, while Clarion will be the host institution for women’s volleyball.
“We’re very excited that the joint bid between Slippery Rock and SportsPITTSBURGH was chosen by the NCAA to host these 12 events,” said Paul Lueken, director of athletics at Slippery Rock. “We are very much looking forward to bringing these great championships to western Pennsylvania and being able to showcase Slippery Rock University and the wonderful city of Pittsburgh on the national stage. We are also looking forward to being able to show the people of Pittsburgh and our region how great Division II championship events are.”
The men’s and women’s soccer championships will be played at Highmark Stadium in Station Square, the home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The cross country championships will take place at Slippery Rock’s Cooper’s Lake Course and the field hockey championships will take play at a venue yet to be determined.
Clarion’s event, women’s volleyball, will be held at Duquesne University’s A.J. Palumbo Center. It marks the first time since the 1980s that Clarion will serve as the host institution to an NCAA championship event. The Golden Eagles hosted swimming on a number of occasions at the Tippin Gym Natatorium and also hosted AIAW gymnastics championships. The AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) was the main governing body for women’s athletics prior to the NCAA taking over in the early 1980s.
“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Slippery Rock and SportsPITTSBURGH in presenting these championships,” Wendy Snodgrass, Clarion’s interim athletic director, said. “As we strive to showcase the amazing things that make our university and the Western Pennsylvania region so special, we are proud to have the chance to welcome fans, student-athletes and spectators from around the NCAA and the country.”
In addition to the 2018 NCAA Division II Fall Festival, Slippery Rock has also been chosen to host the 2019 Division II men’s and women’s soccer National Championships to be held at Highmark Stadium and the 2018 and 2020 D-II Atlantic Regional cross country championships to be held at Cooper’s Lake.
Cooper’s Lake will also serve as the site of the 2020 Division III National Championships, which will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon University.
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