Nov 14, 2017
StubHub Center to host USA Rugby’s Men’s Eagles 2018 ARC campaign opener
StubHub Center has announced it will host USA Rugby’s Men’s 15s as they look to kick off the 2018 series in leading fashion as they head to an opening match on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. PT with Argentina XV in their first time coming into the Americas Rugby Championship as defending champions. The match will headline a double-header feature, following a Super Rugby pre-season showcase between the Vodacom Bulls of Pretoria and Cape Town's DHL Stormers at 3 p.m. PT. Presale tickets will be available November 16.
The 5 p.m. PT kick off combining the United States and Argentina XV will lead way for the first of three Men's Eagles home matches. Poetically, this same Argentina XV squad played host in Buenos Aires when the US claimed its 2017 ARC title in early March. Narrowly defeating the South American powerhouse by a bonus point, the upcoming rematch looks to provide some early drama as 2018 gets underway.
"Opening the season against a runner up should deliver some added excitement in Los Angeles," remarked Men's Eagles Head Coach, Gary Gold, "There is a suitable amount of anticipation we have for the men here, starting off the series with a well contested matchup."
Stub Hub Center in Los Angeles will host the two fixtures as part of USA Rugby's long-term strategy in the region, leading to the Summer Olympics in 2028. Southern California has in fact been the fastest growing High School and Youth region over the last decade for USA Rugby. The event is collaboration between USA Rugby commercial arm, Rugby International Marketing, and AEG Rugby.
"We're anticipating a strong year in 2018, with the ARC opening here in the US," said USA Rugby CEO, Dan Payne, "Southern California has always been a great rugby community, partnering with AEG Rugby and Super Rugby certainly amplifies that experience for fans."
"Super Rugby is one of the premier club rugby competitions in the world, spanning 15 time zones and five countries." said Super Rugby CEO Andy Marinos, "Even though this is a pre-season match, we are excited that rugby fans in the United States will get the opportunity to enjoy and witness Super Rugby first hand."
Super Rugby makes its United States debut with a leading matchup between the Vodacom Bulls and DHL Stormers competing in a pre-season fixture prior to the Eagles kick off. The South African rivals last met in July where the Bulls 2017 season came to a close and the DHL Stormers continued on to the Super Rugby quarterfinals.
Western Province Rugby Group CEO, Paul Zacks added, "This is a great opportunity to share the success of the DHL Stormers team and brand with a new and growing market. The world is continuously becoming a smaller place, so exploring new and growing areas of the game forms part of our vision, as we strive to become a truly high-performance organization with global appeal."
A Vodacom Bulls spokesperson also alluded to the opportunity their local supporters have in following the team to the US, "The Vodacom Bulls season ticket holders should watch this space for an amazing opportunity to join the team in Los Angeles."
Presale for the event begins Thursday, Nov. 16 - sign up for the USA Rugby Presale List at usar.org/tickets. General on-sale will begin Monday Nov 20.