Denver to Host Duke in First 'Mile High Classic'

BALTIMORE, Md. University of Denver will take part in a new signature event called the "Mile High Classic," hosted by Inside Lacrosse during the 2012 season. The Pioneers will face the Duke University Blue Devils in a double header with defending National Champions Virginia and Penn at Sports Authority Field on Friday, April 27, 2012.

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 8:00 p.m. MT. Recently dubbed the Lacrosse Capitol of the West, 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.

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).

Tickets for the 2012 Mile High Classic will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. MT (12:00 p.m. ET). Seating will be reserved for the prime locations at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Fans are encouraged to make their plans early to secure the best seats.

Ticket prices are $40 for The Corral (on-field seating); $35 for VIP (First Four Rows); $35 for Premium Midfield; $25 for Sideline Reserved; and $15 General Admission seating behind the cage. Parking can be purchased on game day for $10. A limited number of Field Suites, with seating for a minimum of 10 people, are also available starting at $500. Fans interested in learning more about Field Suites should call 303-OUTLAWS (303-688-5297). To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or log on to Fans interested in saving on group ticket purchases of 10 or more should call 303-OUTLAWS (303-688-5297).

2012 Mile High Classic Preview: Elevating Lacrosse

Lacrosse is widely regarded as the nation's fastest-growing sport. The Denver area illustrates that rapid growth and has earned a reputation as the No. 1 emerging market in lacrosse. The Mile High Classic will be an opportunity for lacrosse fans in Colorado, and the Western states, to prove that their passion matches the intensity found back East.

Game No. 1 Virginia vs. Penn (5:30 p.m. MT): The first game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High matches up teams that will likely be jockeying for position in the upcoming NCAA draw. Virginia enters its final game of the regular season looking to sharpen its focus for another run towards Memorial Day. Last season Penn earned its first invite to the NCAA party since 2006. The past two recruiting classes in Philadelphia have been impressive and there's enough talent to suggest that a return to the post-season is in the cards. A high-profile win over the Cavaliers could seal the deal for the Quakers.

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