Club Playoffs mark USA Rugby’s first event at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Twenty deserving teams are just a week away from descending onto the pitches of the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. for the western portion of the May 21-22 National Quarterfinals and Semifinals of the 2016 Club Playoffs. The warm, dry Arizona desert will no doubt provide weather favorable for running rugby, but Kino Sports Complex will also deliver a sporting event enjoyable for athletes and spectators alike.

Home to over a half-dozen baseball diamonds, including the 11,000-person capacity Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, the Kino Sports Complex also has four grass playing fields that can support rugby, three of which will see 20 Club Playoff matches played over them next weekend. One competition field is graced with 1,000 seats worth of grandstands, while the North Stadium can fit 2,300 fans comfortably.

Thanks to the Tucson Rugby Football Club, Pima Count Stadium District and Visit Tucson, USA Rugby has been welcomed into a new stadium facility that is likely to have participants begging for return visits.

“The Tucson rugby community is truly an international rugby community with a rich history that reaches back nearly five decades,” said John Rouff of Tucson Rugby. “In the eighties and nineties the Michelob Classic brought international rugby clubs to Tucson on an annual basis, so we are excited to be able to reestablish Tucson as a rugby destination.”

Making the Kino Sports Complex even more of an ideal setting for those visiting the area for a weekend of rugby is the sporting facility’s generous location. The Kino Sports Complex is just a few minutes from the Tucson International Airport, as well as downtown – which boast countless restaurants, stores and hotels.

Electric play will only increase the Arizona heat come May 21-22. Reigning National Champions the Men of Life West and Women of the Seattle Saracens are eager to put in the work necessary to return to Club Championships, while 18 other in-form squads will also have advancement to the National Championship Finals in mind.

The other half of the National Quarterfinals will be held at Pittsburgh’s Founders Field on the very same weekend.

Each of the 20 teams from Men’s Divisions I, II and III, as well as Women’s DI and DII playing at the Kino Sports Complex are guaranteed two matches over the weekend, with consolation games being hosted Sunday May 22. For the winning teams from Saturday’s Quarterfinals, Sunday will represent Semifinal matches to determine who will move on to the June 4-5 USA Rugby Club Championships at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo.