Lisle, Illinois ~The Chicago Red Stars will play their 2013 home matches at theVillage of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex during their inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).
The Red Stars have moved to the professional soccer ranks after two successful semi-professional seasons. Among the Red Stars' top performers are Olympic gold medalist Shannon Boxx, Canadian National Team players and Olympic bronze medalists Erin McLeod and Carmelina Moscato, and Mexican National Team stalwarts Maribel Dominguez and Dinora Garza.
The season at Benedictine will feature VIP field-side and goal-line seating, as well as a beer garden and open pregame tailgating. With the additional seating options, the facility will accommodate around 3,600 spectators.
Each of the league's eight clubs will play 22 games during a 19-week span this season, with most games played on weekends and holidays. The top four teams from regular season play will qualify for the NWSL playoffs and compete in the semifinals Saturday, August 24. The NWSL will crown its inaugural champion on Saturday, August 31.
Tickets are available at www.chicagoredstars.net or by calling (773) 697-8699.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.