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By Staff Report
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 1:33 p.m.
 

WPIAL and Highmark Stadium officials announced Tuesday that the new venue in Station Square will host the WPIAL soccer championship games this fall.

Six title games will be played Nov. 1-2, at the 3,500-seat stadium, which is home to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

“The Riverhounds and Highmark Stadium are committed to brokering opportunities whereas the game of soccer can grow in Pittsburgh,” Riverhounds CEO Jason Kutney said in a news release. “Bringing these championships downtown, for the entire city to see, means enhancing the soccer experience for players and spectators alike. This is extremely important to us.”

The WPIAL soccer championships have been played at high school stadiums in the past, including Elizabeth Forward and Baldwin, with all six games held in one day.

“We are delighted that the agreement includes all boys and girls championships in the first-class facility,” WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said in a news release.

“Highmark Stadium's commitment and support of interscholastic athletics will provide all the championship game participants with a memorable experience.”

In addition to soccer, the WPIAL also has agreements in place with other major sports facilities in the Pittsburgh area.

“The addition of Highmark Stadium for soccer adds another top-notch venue to go along with Heinz Field in football, Palumbo Center in basketball and Consol Energy Park in baseball, and California University in softball for WPIAL championship contests,” said Jim Collins, assistant to the executive director of the WPIAL.

Plans also are in the works for a boys and girls game to be played at Highmark Stadium each week during the regular season, as part of the “High School Soccer Series.”

“The High School Soccer Series aims to direct the local sports spotlight on some amazing rivalries that exist within our communities and will offer a unique fundraising platform to each school involved,” Kutney said. “For each school involved, we hope to create an evening whereas the entire community can come out and support their own while spending quality family time in an amazing venue.”

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