Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Men's Cup headed to Santa Barbara
by Paul Kennedy, May 19th, 2009 8AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The NCAA has awarded the 2010 Men's College Cup to UC Santa Barbara, marking just the second time since 1986 that the finals will be played on the West Coast. The Men's Cup will be played at Harder Stadium, the former UCSB football stadium that has become home to a major college soccer hotbed.

The NCAA has awarded the 2010 Men's College Cup to UC Santa Barbara, marking just the second time since 1986 that the finals will be played on the West Coast.

The finals will be played at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium, one of the college soccer's hotbeds. UCSB has built one of the largest followings in college soccer. Indeed, Big West schools such as Cal Poly and UCSB regularly draw the largest crowds of the men's season.
 
"This is tremendous news," UCSB Director of Athletics Mark Massari said. "UCSB, Santa Barbara and the central coast area is a great choice for celebrating the College Cup."

UCSB will host a national championship event for the first time since the men's volleyball championship of 1974. The previous time the men's finals were played on the West Coast was in 2004 when UCLA hosted college soccer's championship at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. UC Santa Barbara played in that final.

"This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our facilities, our university, our community and the great fans of the central coast," UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg said.

UCSB's Harder Stadium, opened in 1966 as the home of the now-defunct football program, holds nearly 17,000.
 
The Gauchos, who have finished ranked in the Top 25 in a school-record seven consecutive seasons, have led the nation in average home attendance each of the past two seasons. The three largest regular-season crowds in 2009 involved UCSB -- two home games and its away game at Cal Poly.
 
Harder Stadium has hosted nine NCAA postseason matches, including this past season's second-round game against Cal. UCSB set a school record with its 11,214 fans to see the 2004 NCAA quarterfinal match against VCU, drew 9,641 for a 2007 postseason match against Washington and had 8,784 in attendance for the 2006 match against Northwestern.

The 2009 College Cup will be hosted by Cary, N.C.

West Coast Sites
Berkeley, Calif. 1966
San Jose, Calif. 1969
Berkeley, Calif. 1977
Palo Alto, Calif. 1981
Seattle, Wash. 1984
Seattle, Wash. 1985
Tacoma, Wash.1986
Carson, Calif. 2006



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Tuesday] The annual South Carolina-Clemson match is one of the biggest non-conference games of the ...
College soccer on the air    
[2014 SCHEDULE] Washington hosts Seattle Thursday in a men's derby that features a pair of nationally ...
Petermann leaves Knights to pursue pro career    
[UCF: Women] German Under-20 Women's World Cup hero Lena Petermann has decided not to return to ...
Terrapins rebound with impressive victory    
[MARYLAND-COASTAL CAROLINA: Men] Maryland, No. 5 in last week's Soccer America Top 25 rankings, picked up ...
Stolz gives Bruins solid platform to build upon    
[NORTH CAROLINA-UCLA: Men] German Leo Stolz, widely regarded as the top player in the men's ranks, ...
Waves' win significant for how they did it    
[PEPPERDINE-NORTH CAROLINA: Women] Pepperdine got a well-taken goal from Lynn Williams to break a scoreless deadlock ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 6 Georgetown played to a 0-0 tie on ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] U.S. international Sam Mewis and Kodi Lavrusky scored second-half goals to lead No. 1 ...
Overflow crowd watches Cardinals triumph in new stadium    
[LOUISVILLE-MARYLAND: Men] Ken Lolla's 100th win at Louisville was a memorable one as the No. 9 ...
Bruins show resiliency after going behind early    
[WAKE FOREST-UCLA: Men] Goals by Andrew Tusaazemajja, transfer Larry Ndjock and freshman Seyi Adekoya gave No. ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives