July 31, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has announced that Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., has been chosen as the site of the 2010 and 2011 BIG EAST Conference Baseball Championships.
Regarded as one of the top minor league playing facilities in the nation, Bright House Field serves as the spring training site for the Philadelphia Phillies and it has housed the Phillies' Florida State League affiliate Clearwater Threshers since the facility opened in 2004. In addition, it has served as the site for the 2006, 2008, and 2009 BIG EAST Championships.
"On behalf of the Clearwater Threshers and the Philadelphia Phillies organization, we are delighted to host the BIG EAST Championships again in 2010 and 2011," said John Timberlake, the Phillies' Director of Florida Operations. "We believe that this is a partnership that continues to grow and evolve and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the schools that comprise the BIG EAST."
"The Phillies staff and the staff at Bright House Field have made us feel so welcome it is hard not to be excited to again return to Clearwater," said Cincinnati head coach Brian Cleary. "Our players have enjoyed the great facility and we look forward to the next two Championships at Bright House."
The 2010 BIG EAST Conference Baseball Championship will be played May 26-30 (Wednesday through Sunday), with the top eight teams in the regular season standings qualifying. The 2011 conference tournament will take place May 25-29. The winner of the BIG EAST Championship receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.