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There’s no better place to be a sports fan than in Massachusetts, and with spring in the air, whether it’s a Bruins, Celtics, or most recently, a Sox game, there’s a sports spectating opportunity for all kinds of fans.
So, if you’re looking for a sporting experience outside of our well-renowned, championship-winning professional teams, here’s a roundup of upcoming activities, and sporting experiences that stretch across the state:
NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championships, April 26-28 at MIT
UPDATE! Due to the recent events in Boston, it was determined to be in the best interests of all involved for the championship competition to be moved to a new location. Nazareth College has agreed to be the new host for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship, taking place at Kidera Gymnasium in Rochester, N.Y. For more information, click here.
Set to take court at MIT’s duPont Athletic Center in Cambridge, MA, the 2013 Men’s Division III Volleyball Championships will feature three local, competing favorites — Springfield College, Emmanuel, and MIT — with all-session tickets available for $15 for adults, and $10 for children, students, and seniors. Single-session tickets are also available for $6 for adults, and $4 for kids. All tickets are only available at the door.
For a look at the current NCAA regional rankings, click here. You can also follow @NCAADIII and #d3vb on Twitter.
Ultimate Frisbee Championships!
On the first weekend in May, thirty high school Ultimate teams from across the country will descend upon Amherst, MA for the 22nd Annual Amherst Ultimate Invitational Tournament!
As one of the largest and most prestigious Ultimate tournaments in the country, the tournament will be held at the Ultimate fields at the Amherst Regional High School and Middle School, as well as at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, the birthplace of the growing sport.
For more information, and a look at the tournament’s official press release, click here.
Boston Breakers Are Back
This spring, the longest-running professional women’s soccer team in the U.S., the Boston Breakers, are back, and ready to take to the field at Somerville’s 3,500-seat Dilboy Stadium starting on Sunday, April 14th at 6:30 PM vs. the Washington Spirit.
With a collection of home games scheduled through the duration of the summer, the Breakers are one of eight teams that will compete in the newly established professional women’s soccer league this season.
For a look at the Breakers’ full schedule, click here. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
A Step Back in Time
The Sports Museum: Located inside Boston’s TD Garden, the sports Museum traces New England’s rich sports heritage through artwork, memorabilia, video footage, and a collection of interactive exhibits. The Museum is open everyday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission tickets can be purchased at the TD Garden Box Office, located on the west side of North Station, and run $10 for adults, and $5 for children (10-18) & seniors (60+). For more information, click here.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Home to nearly three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is one of the world’s most distinctive monuments, marking the birthplace of basketball in Springfield, MA. For more information, click here.
Volleyball Hall of Fame: As the world’s only museum and exhibit hall devoted to all aspects of volleyball, the Volleyball Hall of Fame, which is located in Holyoke, MA, also marks the birthplaces of its sport — and features great individuals, teams, and organizations that revolve around volleyball. For more information, click here.
The Hall at Patriot Place: A modern and interactive experience, predominantly known as a must-visit for all football fans, The Hall honors the greatest Patriots in history, while also preserving Patriots history over time. For more information, click here.
The Boston Marathon!
With Patriots Day just around the corner, we’d be remiss not to mention the Boston Marathon! Last year, and still very relevant to this year, we featured a roundup of the race’s best spots for spectating — you can find them here. Most recently, the good folks at 40Berkeley have featured an all things Marathon post that’s well worth a read – check it out here.
For more on Massachusetts’ sports teams and venues, click here, and you can also check out the Massachusetts Sports Office.