URugby Announces ACRC Bowl Series in Charlotte, NC
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — High-level collegiate rugby competition comes to Charlotte, N.C. Nov. 21-22, 2014 with the inaugural American Collegiate Rugby Championships Bowl Series. This series of matches in traditional bowl format brings the very best college rugby teams from around the country to Charlotte’s Rugby Athletic Center, a sports and events venue located just three miles from downtown.
The ACRC Bowl Series will feature eight championship bowl games over three days. Many of the participating teams will be selected based on their finish in their respective collegiate conferences. The event also anticipates including local high school matches.
The tournament is managed by URugby, a division of Sevens Sports LLC, a sports event management and marketing company specializing in creating great experiences around the sport of rugby.
Charlotte’s state-of-the-art Rugby Athletic Center boasts well-lit fields, locker rooms, modern facilities and meeting rooms. Food, concessions and souvenirs will be available on site.
Competition gets underway under the lights Friday evening Nov. 21, and heats up Saturday as the best college teams in the nation take to the pitch to compete for hardware and glory.
Be a part of the inaugural ACRC Bowl Series
A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact sponsor@URugby.com or call Stephen Siano 610.389.4474
Confirmed teams include 2014 ACRC 7s winner American International College from the East Coast Rugby Conference, as well as three or more top teams from the Rugby East Conference, perennial top finisher and Independent Life University, the top two teams from the Atlantic Coast Rugby League (ACRL), the top two teams from the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference (SCRC), the top team from the Empire Rugby Conference, the top team from the Mid American Conference (MAC), and the top two teams from the Keystone Rugby Conference.
ACRC Bowl Series Committed Conferences and Teams
- Atlantic Coast Rugby League — Clemson, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, North Carolina and North Carolina State
- East Coast Rugby Conference — AIC, Boston College, Middlebury, UMass, UConn, Northeastern, Albany
- Empire Rugby Conference — US Merchant Marine Academy, Stony Brook, Brockport, Syracuse, Binghamton, Colgate, Fordham
- Keystone Rugby Conference — Millersville, Rutgers, Shippensburg, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Pittsburgh, West Chester, West Virginia
- Mid American Conference — Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Miami of Ohio, University of Dayton, Ohio University, Cincinnati, Louisville
- Rugby East Conference — St. Bonaventure, Army, Buffalo, Iona, Kutztown, Penn State, Wheeling Jesuit
- Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference — Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Auburn, Louisiana State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss
- Independent — Life University
About Fifteens Rugby
Fifteens rugby, the progenitor of modern American football, is a fast-paced contest played with 15 players per side. Balls are passed back frequently as players attempt to "touch down" the ball into the try zone, creating near-non-stop action on the field. Though mainly played as a club sport in the U.S., rugby is rapidly gaining popularity and even varsity status at many schools. The sport of rugby returns to the Summer Olympics in 2016 for the first time in 92 years.
URugby manages premier sporting events for collegiate and club rugby teams across the United States. We produce the American Collegiate Rugby Championship Bowl Series in Charlotte, N.C. in the fall (Nov 21-22 '14), the URugby Challenge Cup (an inter-conference collegiate sevens tournament) in the spring (Apr 11-12 '15) and Surfside Sevens-branded summer tournaments in Virginia Beach, Va. (Apr 25-26 '15) and Stone Harbor, N.J. (July 17-19 '15).
Our mission is to provide teams, fans and vendors with spectacular experiences capturing the excitement, high-level competition and camaraderie of collegiate and club rugby.