2016 NCAA Women's College Cup Returns to Cary, North Carolina
INDIANAPOLIS--- The 2016 Women's College Cup is returning to Cary, North Carolina, December 2-4, 2016. Originally slated to take place in Orlando, Florida, the NCAA Women's Soccer Committee decided to move this year's women's soccer championship due to the recently announced stadium completion date of 2017 at the Orlando City Soccer Club Stadium.
The 35th annual College Cup will take place at WakeMed Soccer Park, hosted by the Town of Cary, Campbell University, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, and Capital Area Soccer League. Initially scheduled to host the 2016 and 2017 championship, the University of Central Florida and Central Florida Sports Commission committed and eager to host the 2017 event in the Lions and Orlando Pride's beautiful and state of the art new venue.
"The committee is dedicated to providing a quality environment for the student-athletes, and we have had tremendous success creating that environment in Cary and appreciate the city stepping up to host the 2016 Women's College Cup," said Janet Oberle, chair of the Division I Women's Soccer Committee. "We are also looking forward to hosting the championship in a new stadium in Orlando in 2017."
The Women's College Cup has continued to prosper in the Town of Cary and 2016 will mark the eighth time the city has hosted the Women's College Cup (2003-2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2015) and the 18th time the championship has been played in the state of North Carolina.
The most recent championship in 2015 welcomed many college cup milestones, including a 25,011 attendance record with a 13,329 championship game attendance, making it the second highest championship game attendance in college cup history. On the playing field, Rutgers University participated in its first college cup in program history; Duke University became one of only four teams to win two tournament road games to reach the college cup; and Penn State University won its first-ever national championship.
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