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The D1A, women's DI, DII and new DI Elite, and the men's D1AA finals will be held in Moraga, Calif. May 7 on the campus of defending D1A champion St. Mary's.
The D1A finals have been played at neutral sites in front of paltry crowds in recent years, at Kennesaw State, Stanford and UNC-Greensboro, but should St. Mary's reach a fourth-consecutive final, much fuller stands would be expected.
Originally opened in 1973 as the home of Gaels football, Saint Mary's Stadium underwent a sizable renovation at the end of 2014, updating the playing surface as well as spectator amenities. It is now the home of the Gaels soccer and rugby teams. The 5,500-seat venue will accommodate the live broadcasts of all five championship matches on the day.
"Saint Mary's College of California is honored to host the USA Rugby 2016 College 15s National Championships," Saint Mary's Associate Athletic Director Marty Storti said. "We have a long and proud rugby tradition that dates back to 1888. Over the years we have hosted international teams and the best club and college teams this country has to offer.
"Saint Mary's Stadium is the perfect venue to host such a prestigious day of rugby. The bucolic setting, coupled with the hotbed of club, high school, and college rugby in the San Francisco Bay Area, will undoubtedly bring fans in droves to be part of this great day."