The Women’s Football Alliance (WFA), the largest and most powerful league in women’s football, has announced plans for its 2014 WFA National Championship Weekend. The defending WFA champion Chicago Force will be the hosts for the league’s championship weekend, held on August 1 and 2 at Lane Stadium in Chicago.
2014 WFA National Championship Weekend
The WFA’s 2014 National Championship Weekend kicks off on Friday night, August 1, with a new attraction: the inaugural Alliance Bowl. Two outstanding teams that came up short of their conference championship game will have an opportunity to continue postseason play by squaring off in the 2014 Alliance Bowl. One team from the American Conference will face one team from the National Conference in a contest that will be a national showcase of the depth of quality teams that exist in the Women’s Football Alliance. The Alliance Bowl will give two teams that normally might not play each other in the regular season due to geographical constraints a chance to end their year with a win, all while securing bragging rights for their conference.
The festivities continue on Saturday, August 2, at noon with the fifth annual WFA All-American Game. The greatest players in women’s football will gather on one field, as the stars of the American Conference battle the top players from the National Conference. Last year’s contest, a 48-31 victory for the National Conference, was the highest-scoring all-star game in women’s tackle football history and extended the National Conference’s winning streak to three games. But the American Conference will fight to regain the crown on August 2 in another battle for conference supremacy.
The 2014 WFA National Championship Weekend concludes with the WFA National Championship Game on August 2, 2014, at 5 PM. For the fourth consecutive season, this contest will be broadcast to a national audience on ESPN3, the largest national television platform of any women’s tackle football game in 2014. The WFA’s American Conference champion will square off against the league’s National Conference champion, and the winner will take the title as the top women’s tackle football team in the nation.
All three of these contests will take place at Lane Stadium in Chicago, the home field of Lane Tech College Prep High School on the Windy City’s north side. Lane Stadium, located at 2601 West Addison Street, is about two miles west of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
Lane Stadium and the neighboring school were built in 1908, and their most famous alum is Fritz Pollard. Pollard was the first African-American football player to play in the Rose Bowl Game as well as the first African-American player and coach in NFL history. Fritz Pollard has been inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Several movies have been filmed at Lane Stadium, most recently 2008′s The Express, starring Dennis Quaid. The Express told the cinematic story of Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
A recent five-year restoration of Lane Stadium saw the installation of field turf and upgrades to the stadium’s locker rooms and outdoor lighting system. All of these renovations will make Lane Stadium an excellent site for the WFA’s 2014 National Championship Weekend.
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