More NCAA events to follow College Cup to Atlanta

More NCAA events to follow College Cup to Atlanta The NCAA Women’s College Cup, taking place…

Georgia (Dec 1, 2011)More NCAA events to follow College Cup to Atlanta

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The NCAA Women’s College Cup, taking place this weekend at Kennesaw State, will be the first NCAA soccer championship held in Georgia since 1968. It is not an aberration. It might be followed by the third NCAA Division I wrestling championship to take place in the Southeast and a more unlikely NCAA title event, the men’s lacrosse championship. “To get a [lacrosse] Final Four here would be pretty amazing,” said Ken Chin, Atlanta Sports Council vice president of business development and events … “We want the NCAA to realize we can do so much more with them, given all the other assets we have in the community,” Chin said. Kennesaw State’s year-old soccer stadium might be the best example. The 8,300-seat facility was built specifically for soccer, though it likely will be the home field for the KSU football team when it begins play, probably in 2014. When the stadium was under construction, Owls women’s soccer coach Rob King suggested to then-athletic director Dave Waples that the school bid for the Women’s College Cup, the soccer equivalent of the Final Four. “Nobody could find one good reason not to,” said Scott Whitlock, senior associate athletics director. About 7,000 visitors, among them the participating Duke, Florida State, Stanford and Wake Forest teams, are expected to come through Cobb County for Friday’s and Sunday’s matches. Tickets are nearly sold out. The Cobb County Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates an economic impact of $2.6 million. Kennesaw State is pursuing the tournament again for 2013. “We want to be able to showcase our facility, showcase our area, showcase our community,” Whitlock said. The sports council will have representatives from the ACC at Kennesaw State as part of a pitch to bring that league’s women’s soccer tournament to Kennesaw. The ACC men’s basketball tournament will take place at Philips Arena in March. The council intends to bid for the league’s baseball tournament, which has openings in 2014-15, and bring it to Gwinnett’s Coolray Field.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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