ROSEMONT, Ill. - The semifinals and championship game of the 2017 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament will be contested at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, the conference has announced.
The Big Ten Tournament semifinals are set for Friday, Nov. 3 and the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 5. Ticket prices, kickoff times and television coverage for all Big Ten Tournament games will be announced at a later date.
Located in suburban Indianapolis, Grand Park is a versatile multi-purpose complex that features fields for many different sports. Purdue baseball played a regular-season series there vs. Northern Illinois in March 2015. Grand Park also hosted the semifinals and championship game of the 2016 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament.
The Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament has not been held in the state of Indiana since Purdue's Folk Field hosted all seven games in 2014. It was the last year that the host of the entire event was predetermined. Quarterfinal games were moved to the campus sites of the top-four seeds a year later. The top remaining seed, the No. 1 seed on both occasions, then hosted the semifinals and championship game.
This season marks the 10-year anniversary of Purdue's 2007 Big Ten Tournament championship. The entire event was contested at Minnesota's Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium that year.
This year's Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal games are slated for Sunday, Oct. 29 and again will be played on the home fields of the higher-seeded schools.
This will mark the second time since the debut of Big Ten women's soccer in 1994 that the conference tournament will be played off campus. In 1997, the event was held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota, with Michigan defeating Northwestern in the title game 1-0 in overtime.
The announcement means both Big Ten soccer tournaments will be held at Grand Park for the 2017 season, with this year's men's semifinals and championship game set for Nov. 10 and 12. Last year, the Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament semifinals and championship game were played at the facility for the first time, with Maryland earning a 2-1 victory over Wisconsin in the final.