Virginia and Penn will kick off the Mile High Classic at 5:30 p.m. MT, followed by the Pioneers’ game against the Blue Devils at 8 p.m. MT. Recently dubbed the Lacrosse Capitol of the WestTM, Denver will face Duke for the fifth time in program history, with Duke holding a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series.
“The opportunity for the 2012 Denver Pioneers to be a part of the inaugural Mile High Classic is another piece of fulfilling our dream of showcasing what lacrosse means to Denver, the Capital of Lacrosse in the West,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “To have the chance to help our friends at Inside Lacrosse and the wonderful people from the Broncos and Outlaws organizations, host these amazing programs in Division I Lacrosse, is a great honor. Having the chance to experience being a part of these events in the past, has allowed me to be sure that everyone will be amazed by this double-header. We know it will send a great message to the NCAA that the city of Denver is ready to host a Lacrosse championship weekend in the near future.”
The event will be IL’s third signature event scheduled for the 2012 season as the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic is planned for March 10 and the Konica Minolta Big City Classic is planned for April.
Inside Lacrosse has established the standard for the promotion of lacrosse with its event properties. These events have brought unprecedented excitement and fan interest to college lacrosse’s regular season. Inside Lacrosse has drawn more than 200,000 fans to its 10 events, including 42,172 fans to its two events in 2011.
The addition of the Mile High Classic promises a highly-charged night of college lacrosse that could serve as a preview for a future NCAA Championship event to be held in Denver – or anywhere for that matter. This lineup includes four participants from the 2011 NCAA Tournament, three of whom advanced to the semifinals (Denver, Duke and Virginia) including the defending national champions (Virginia).
“Inside Lacrosse is thrilled to introduce the Mile High Classic,” Carpenter said. “For the past six years, Inside Lacrosse has been committed to creating memorable fan experiences with our event properties. The fact the sport is exploding in Colorado is undeniable and for some time we’ve been looking for the right opportunity to launch an event in Denver. This is an amazing game lineup that’s ideal to showcase the sport on a new stage.”
Carpenter added: “We could not possibly organize events like the Mile High Classic without the coaches and administrators at each of the participating schools sharing in our vision. And Edge Sports & Entertainment and the Denver Outlaws have stepped up as willing partners ready to open their stadium to host lacrosse fans for this high-profile event. We greatly appreciate their support and mutual interest in promoting the sport.”
“Inside Lacrosse has developed the most compelling collegiate lacrosse events in the country and it’s exciting that Sports Authority Field at Mile High will host their next event. Inside Lacrosse clearly recognizes the growth of the game in the West and the great lacrosse fans of Colorado in particular. Featuring three of last year’s Final Four teams, there is no doubt this will be a great day of lacrosse and we look forward to this being an annual event,” said Mac Freeman, President of the Denver Outlaws.