Philadelphia is one of the leading cities in the world. Located in between New York City and Washington D.C., 40 percent of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive. For more information on the city of Philadelphia, click here.
• 1,526,006 population (2010 Census)
• Third most populous downtown in the U.S.
• 46 million people live in a 200-mile radius of the City
• 13th most internationally-visited city in the nation
• 101 colleges & universities in the region
• Within a 200-mile radius of Greater Philadelphia is a GDP, equivalent to the world’s 5th largest economy
In 2009, the City drew 36.6 million visitors and was the fastest-growing destination for international travelers among the top 20 U.S. markets.
Hotels in Center City
Philadelphia’s downtown, known as Center City, is one of the most accessible, compact tourism and convention areas in the nation. The number of hotel rooms close to the Pennsylvania Convention Center are:
• 3,600 hotel rooms within a two-minute walk
• 6,400 hotel rooms within a 10-minute walk
• 8,500 hotel rooms within a 15-minute walk
• 10,700 hotel rooms within a 10-minute drive
• 17,200-plus hotel rooms within a 30-minute drive
Traveling to Philadelphia
• 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City via Amtrak’s Acela Express line
• 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C. via Amtrak’s Acela Express line
• 30 airlines provide 700 daily departures to more than 120 cities, including 52 daily nonstop flights to 31 international destinations
Sports & Recreation
Philadelphia was recently named the No. 2 sports city in the nation by the Sporting News, and it’s easy to see why. The city is home to venerated professional teams like the 76ers, the Phillies, the Flyers and the Eagles, and in recent years has played host to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, the A-10 Women's Basketball Tournament and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials -- Gymnastics. For more information, click here.
Villanova University has been sponsored by the Augustinian Order since its founding in 1842. Today, the university is comprised of five colleges: Liberal Arts and Sciences (Villanova College), Engineering, School of Business (formerly known as the College of Commerce and Finance), Nursing and the School of Law. The University traces its origins to old Saint Augustine’s Church in Philadelphia, which the Augustinians founded in 1796, and to its parish school, Saint Augustine’s Academy, established in 1811.
Since its founding, Villanova has been privileged to mediate Saint Augustine’s vision of education as a community activity of scholars searching for truth in open discussion, commitment to ethical values, and dedication to social justice and human rights. This commitment is realized in its humanities programs, which are an integral part of the curriculum of each of its professional schools, and in the three essential characteristics of our Augustinian tradition: the relationship between mind and heart, the role of community, and the unity of knowledge. This commitment and tradition also provides the key for interpreting Villanova’s mission statement which states that the University is a community that "seeks to reflect the spirit of Saint Augustine by the cultivation of knowledge, by respect for individual differences, and by adherence to the principle that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of University life." For more information on Villanova, click here. For more information on Villanova athletics, click here.
Fans of the 2013 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship will have the opportunity to participate in various events and interactives at Villanova Stadium on competition days prior to and during competition. Information regarding specific fan events and/or giveaways will be announced as the DI Women’s Lacrosse Championship approaches.
The NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee will conduct selections for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship on May 5. The 2013 championship marks the first year that the field will be comprised of 26 teams. The 26-team field will include 13 automatic qualifiers and 13 at-large bids to be announced during a selection show, Sunday, May 5. The field will be selected from 97 NCAA Division I institutions sponsoring the sport of women’s lacrosse. The top-eight teams will host first and second round competition with seeds one through six receiving first-round byes.
Preliminary Rounds (non-predetermined)
First and Second Round
First and second round games of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be held at the campus sites of each of the eight seeded teams on May 10 and 12. Three teams will compete at each of the sites hosted by seeds one through six and four teams will compete at each of the sites hosted by seeds seven and eight in first and second round competition. First round winners will advance to play in the second round on May 12 which will take place at the same sites.
Quarterfinals competition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be held at campus sites on either May 18 or May 19. Two teams will compete at each site with the winners advancing to semifinal action in Villanova, Pa., on May 24.
The 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be held at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa. Quarterfinal winners will compete in semifinals held May 24. The winners will advance to the national championship game, May 26.
Semifinal No. 1: 5 p.m. ET, ESPN3 (tape delay May 28, 1 p.m. ET on ESPNU)
Semifinal No. 2: 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN3 (tape delay May 28, 3 p.m. ET on ESPNU)
Championship: 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Selections: May 4
First and Second Rounds: May 9 and 11
Quarterfinals: May 17 or 18
Finals: May 23 & 25 – Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson, Md. (hosted by: Towson)
Villanova Stadium was built in 1927 and plays host to wide variety of activities. With a capacity of 12,500, it is the home field for the varsity football, field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's track and field, and intramurals. It is also the home field for the WUSA's Philadelphia Charge. Goodreau Field, named for a Villanovan who died while competing for the football team, is a synthetic surface named Astro Play. The track, Jumbo Elliott Track, is named after Villanova's legendary coach and is an eight-lane Rekortan surface. A state of the art PA system was added in the summer of 1993.
Villanova Stadium houses the football offices and the locker rooms for the varsity football, field hockey and men's lacrosse teams. The press box was recently renovated in the year 2000. It is a four-level facility with a commanding view of the field. It also has a conference room on the second floor with the capacity of 75 people, a study hall on the third floor, and individual tutoring rooms on the fourth floor for student-athletes. The stadium press box serves a dual roll and is referred to as the "ARC" (Academic Resource Center). The "ARC" provides Villanova's student-athletes with individual computer stations (30) and individual one-on-one tutoring sessions, which are coordinated through the office of academic support.
The athletic weight room (Power House) is located in the North East corner of the stadium. University concessions are located in the East end of the stadium and the restroom facilities are located in both the South and North tunnels.
• From New York and New England
Take the New Jersey Turnpike (95) to Exit 6 (Pennsylvania Turnpike (276) Exit). Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (276) Westbound to Exit 20 (Mid-County Interchange) I-476 South/Chester. Follow I-476 South to Exit 13 (Villanova/St. Davids). Follow the directions below to reach Villanova Stadium.
• From the West
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (76) to Exit 326 - Valley Forge (formerly Exit 24). Take I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) to Exit 331A (I-476 South/Chester) to Exit 13 (US 30 St. Davids/Villanova). Follow the directions below to reach Villanova Stadium.
• From the South
Take I-95 North to Exit 7 (I-476 (Blue Route) North-Plymouth Meeting). Take I-476 (Blue Route) North to Exit 13 (Villanova/St. Davids) Lancaster Avenue. Follow the directions below to reach Villanova Stadium.
• Villanova Stadium
From directions above, at bottom of ramp turn right (at light) onto Route 30 East, also known as Lancaster Ave. Proceed east on Route 30 and at the fifth traffic light you will see Jake Nevin Fieldhouse on the far left corner of the intersection and the Villanova Football Stadium directly past the Fieldhouse (on Lancaster). Turn right at this light onto Ithan Avenue and park in Main lots on either side of the road.