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MWC Soccer Championship Moved to Rice-Eccles Stadium
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/04/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 4, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Due to the heavy snowfall on the University of Utah campus over the last week, the Mountain West Conference Soccer Championships have been moved from Ute Field to Rice-Eccles Stadium, which has a Field Turf surface. As of Tuesday midday, the Ute Field surface was covered with eight inches of snow and deemed unplayable by tournament officials.

The quarterfinal matches on Wednesday will remain at their scheduled times. The games will feature BYU (No. 2) taking on Air Force (No. 7) at 9:00 a.m., Wyoming (No. 3) vs. New Mexico (No. 6) at 11:30 a.m., and San Diego State (No.4) vs. UNLV (No. 5) at 2:00 p.m.

The times for the semifinals and championship game will also remain as scheduled. Top-seeded Utah will receive a first round bye and play the winner of San Diego State vs. UNLV in the semifinals on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. The other semifinal match is set for 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.

The Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Championship match is slated for noon on Saturday with the winner receiving an automatic bid into the 2003 NCAA Women's College Cup.

Fans will be accommodated in the stands on the west side of Rice-Eccles Stadium, accessible through Gate D. All-tournament packages and single-session tickets may be purchased at the Rice-Eccles Stadium box office or by calling (801)581-UTIX.

Wednesday, November 5
9:00 a.m. No. 7 Air Force vs. No. 2 BYU
11:30 a.m. No. 6 New Mexico vs. No. 3 Wyoming
2:00 p.m. No. 5 UNLV vs. No. 4 San Diego State
(No. 1 Utah receives first-round bye)

Thursday, November 6
11:00 a.m. Semifinal Game #1 (BYU/Air Force vs. Wyoming/New Mexico)
2:00 p.m. Semifinal Game #2 (No. 1 Utah vs. San Diego State/UNLV)

Saturday, November 8
12:00 p.m. Championship

Notes for the media: The phone line for getting scoring updates is (801)581-7444. Credentials may be picked-up at the Will Call window at the Rice-Eccles Stadium box office (southwest corner). Working media will be accommodated on level six (same as for football games), accessible from the south tower elevator. Cameras will be allowed to shoot on the sidelines. Postgame interviews will take place in the Crocker Room under the south stands.

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