TCU Selected as Regional Host
May 24, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - The NCAA announced today that TCU will be one of the 16 regional site hosts for next weekend's NCAA Regionals which are slated to begin Friday afternoon. The No. 10 Horned Frogs will be making their sixth consecutive appearance in the postseason and are hosting for the first time in school history.
"This is a great news for TCU and Fort Worth and is the result of a lot of hard work by everyone involved with the program over the last decade and certainly the players on this year's team," said Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle. "However, while hosting is a huge step for our program, it's not the ultimate goal and we look forward to the competition that the regional will bring."
The Horned Frogs (36-16) entered last weekend ranked as high as No. 10 and currently have an RPI of eight. With a 15-5 conference record, TCU claimed its fourth straight regular season conference title.
"We really need the TCU and Fort Worth community to support the regional at the highest level," remarked Schlossnagle. "The fan experience that an NCAA regional provides is incredibly exciting and one that you don't want to miss. We need a stadium full of purple for all of the games."
Each regional field features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 29, to Monday, June 1. The field of 64 will be announced on Monday at 11:30 a.m. in a show airing on ESPN. Fans are welcome to join the Frogs at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitor's Center for a selection show watching party. Doors open at 11 a.m.
By virtue of being awarded a regional, all 16 host institutions have also been selected to the 64-team field. Cal State Fullerton, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and TCU have made the field as at-large selections.
Tickets will initially be sold as All-Session reserved seat packages only. This package includes tickets to each game with a maximum of seven (7) possible games.
All-Session prices are $60 for adults and $30 for youth. This is a substantial savings as single game reserved tickets---if available after expected high demand for All-Sessions---will not be sold until the first game and will be $20 for adults and $10 for youth per game. All seats in Lupton Stadium will be sold as reserved seats, no General Admission. Once all reserved seats are sold, Standing Room Only will be available on the Grass Hill down the first base line. These SRO tickets will only be sold after all reserved seats have been sold, and they will be $15 each.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale Tuesday morning. Call 817-257-FROG to purchase your tickets.
The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records are as follows: Arizona State (43-12 through Saturday, May 23), Tempe, Ariz.; UC Irvine (42-13 through Saturday, May 23), Irvine, Calif.; Cal State Fullerton (41-14 through Saturday, May 23), Fullerton, Calif.; Clemson (40-19), Clemson, S.C.; East Carolina (42-17), Greenville, N.C.; Florida (39-20), Gainesville, Fla.; Florida St. (42-15 through Saturday, May 23), Tallahassee, Fla.; Georgia Tech (35-17-1), Atlanta; LSU (45-16 through Saturday, May 23), Baton Rouge, La.; Louisville (44-15), Louisville, Ky.; Mississippi (40-17), Oxford, Miss.; North Carolina (42-16), Chapel Hill, N.C.; Oklahoma (41-18), Norman, Okla.; Rice (39-15), Houston; Texas (40-13-1 through Saturday, May 23), Austin, Texas; TCU (36-16), Fort Worth, Texas.