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Rutgers College will be part of MetLife Stadium as a number website for the NJSIAA soccer public faculty regional championship video games and personal faculty finals, in line with the NJSIAA’s not too long ago launched soccer laws for the 2019 season.

The NJSIAA will decide the dates, occasions and areas of all these postseason contests later this yr.

Following the conclusion of final season, Rutgers athletics division officers commenced talks with NJSIAA administrators about the potential for the state college internet hosting regional soccer championships, beforehand known as “bowl video games,” at SHI Stadium.

MetLife Stadium hosted all 10 of the NJSIAA’s “bowl video games” that pitted sectional champions in opposition to each other final yr, and likewise hosted the three 2018 personal finals.

Whereas MetLife Stadium stays a pretty venue for North Jersey groups, it’s a lengthy drive for groups in South Jersey and a few from Central Jersey, which might have hampered attendance. New Jersey is one among simply two states that does not play to at least one total group state champion in soccer (New York is the opposite). Till final yr, the season ended for groups with sectional finals.

It’s seemingly that the regional championship video games involving North Jersey groups would stay at MetLife the weekend proper after Thanksgiving, whereas Rutgers would host video games the next weekend.

The regional championship are scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 29-30, throughout which the Scarlet Knights play at Penn State, and for the weekend of Dec. 6-7, when Rutgers doesn’t have a contest scheduled, thus Shi Stadium can be obtainable to the NJSIAA each weekends.

“It’s an impressive alternative for Rutgers to advertise their amenities,” MyCentralJersey.com soccer analyst Marcus Borden stated of the NJSIAA taking part in postseason soccer at SHI Stadium, including he believes the Scarlet Knights’ soccer amenities are “on par with different big-time packages throughout the nation.”

“It is a excellent alternative for the state college to place themselves on show.”

Rutgers beforehand served as a impartial website host of sectional championship video games, which the NJSIAA relocated to the location of the very best remaining seed final yr, a follow that can proceed within the upcoming season.

The Scarlet Knights have hosted regular-season soccer video games in years previous and can accomplish that once more this season.

In accordance with USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey, the NJSIAA noticed a decline of greater than $100,00zero in soccer gate receipts from 2015 by way of 2017, and final yr’s “bowl video games” didn’t appear to attach with spectators, as attendance averaged just below three,00zero at MetLife Stadium.

Underneath a state legislation, which limits the quantity the NJSIAA can cost for championship occasions, the statewide athletics affiliation can petition the state commissioner of schooling to extend ticket costs, exhibiting its bills at sure venues are exceeding its revenues.

“Clearly, from a Rutgers athletics and Rutgers soccer standpoint, we’re very pleased with our facility,” Rutgers College Soccer Director of Excessive Faculty Relations Rick Mantz beforehand advised MyCentralJersey.com.

“It’s a terrific place the place children and their households can come and be part of a big-time athletic expertise. We’d love for them to come back take pleasure in our facility and play in one of many nicest soccer venues within the state of New Jersey.”

Underneath NCAA guidelines, in line with Mantz, Rutgers can’t present something free of charge, so the state college should cost the NJSIAA appropriately to cowl its bills.

“I’m probably not aware about all of the numbers and precisely how issues have labored out (in earlier years), however we wish to make it work for them,” Mantz beforehand advised MyCentralJersey.com.

“I do know that Rutgers is cooperating in any manner that we are able to to ensure we are able to discover a manner. We wish to be an excellent host. We wish to have the ability to assist what they want. We’re very pleased with our home.”