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E-LACROSSE'S FINAL FOUR PHILLY GUIDE
Philadelphia is set to welcome the 2005 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships this weekend! You can still get tickets, hotel rooms etc. If you are serious about lacrosse, it's time you made the pilgrimage to lax mecca - the NCAA final four weekend!
The field has been set for all three divisions of college lacrosse. In Division I, undefeated No. 1 seed Johns Hopkins, Duke, Virginia and Maryland will be competing in the national semifinals on Saturday, May 28 and the winners will face off on Monday, May 30. In Division II, defending champion Limestone and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) will square off in the championship game on Sunday, May 29, while the Division III title game will consist of two-time defending champion Salisbury against Middlebury.
In 2003, the Division I championship game drew 37,944 fans the largest crowd to witness any NCAA Championship event other than Division I men's basketball. The Philadelphia Sports Congress estimates that the annual economic impact for the City of Philadelphia could reach $25 million.
The 2005 NCAA Lacrosse Championships will be the first NCAA championship event held at Lincoln Financial Field which opened in 2003. The 2003 NCAA Championship was played in a professional sports facility for the first time Baltimore's M & T Bank Stadium. Attendance records were set for each session of the weekend, with total attendance reaching 108,790 for the three-day event. The first college lacrosse game was played at Lincoln Financial Field on May 7, 2005 when Penn hosted Maryland.
The tournament has been played in Philadelphia two times before - 1973 and 1992 with Franklin Field serving as the site. Both times, the NCAA Final went to double overtime, with Maryland defeating Johns Hopkins 10-9 in 1973 and Princeton capturing its first title with a 10-9 win over Syracuse in 1992.
Major media coverage has also helped the expansion of the championships as ESPN2 (semifinals) and ESPN (final) have provided live game broadcasts of the Division I action since 1995. For the second-straight year, CSTV will be broadcasting the Division II and III Championship games live as well.
Ticket sales are approaching 35,000 for the weekend, and tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
The University of Pennsylvania Athletic Department will serve as the host institution for the 2005 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships in conjunction with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Sports Congress this weekend (May 28-30) at Lincoln Financial Field. The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship has become one of the largest championships that the NCAA sponsors on an annual basis.
Saturday, May 28:
Semifinal Game #1: Duke vs. Maryland, 11:30 am, Lincoln Financial Field
Semifinal Game #2: Johns Hopkins vs. Virginia, 2 pm, Lincoln Financial Field
Sunday, May 29:
YES Clinic, 8 am to noon, Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania (Bring your stick!)
Division III Championship Game: 12 noon, Lincoln Financial Field Salisbury vs. Middlebury
Division II Championship Game: 3 pm, Lincoln Financial Field Limestone vs. NYIT
Monday, May 30:
Noon, Division 1 Championship Game: Lincoln Financial Field
From Philly Partners Realease. The University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Sports Congress and the Philadelphia Eagles are proud partner hosts of the championships at Lincoln Financial Field.
GREAT PHILLY INFORMATION WEBSITES!
Philly is food country! A restaurant renaissance has overtaken the city in recent years and they always had the best cheesesteaks and pretzels in the land. Here's a guide that will help you decide where to eat away from the stadium.
City Tavern, 138 South 2nd Street, at Walnut Street, 413-1443, www.citytavern.com; lunch & dinner daily. This is a modern reconstruction of Revolutionary America's finest tavern. The original inn opened in 1773 and was soon considered the finest establishment of its kind in the colonies. It gained fame as the gathering place for members of the Continental Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, and for officials of the Federal Government from 1790 to 1800. Never one to over-praise, John Adams once called it "the most genteel" tavern in America.
Downey's, 526 South Front Street, at South Street, 625-9500, www.downeysrestaurant.com; lunch & dinner daily. An old-fashioned Irish pub, filled with antiques and Irish memorabilia.
J. Cabots Café, 7th & Sansom Streets, in the Curtis Center; open 7am-4:30pm. An extensive menu at reasonable prices with no frills, serving breakfast and lunch along with specialty coffees.
La Famiglia Ristorante, 8 South Front Street, 922-2803, www.lafamiglia.com; lunch (Tuesday-Friday) & dinner, closed Mondays. Expensive Italian fare, served in an elegant environment. This is one of the finest Italian restaurants in Philadelphia and a major landmark on the citys vibrant restaurant scene.
Marrakesh, 517 South Leithgow Street, 925-5929, www.south-street.com/microsites/marrakesh; open daily for dinner only. One of the East Coasts premier Moroccan restaurants, established in 1977, family owned and operated. Guests lounge on rug covered banquets, surrounded by colorful pillows in dimly lit, incense-scented rooms and relaxing background music.
Monte Carlo Living Room, 150 South Street, 925-2220. Offers old-fashioned dining with an elegant lounge and the cuisines of southern France and Italy.
Old Original Bookbinders Restaurant, 125 Walnut Street, 925-7027; dinner daily. This celebrated Philadelphia seafood restaurant reopened this year after substantial renovations.
Pagoda Noodle Café, 125 Sansom Walkway (next to the Ritz East movie theater), 928-2320, lunch & dinner daily. An inexpensive café that serves Hong Kong-style dishes and offers nine kinds of noodles.
Ristorante Primavera, 148 South Street, 925-7832; open daily for dinner. Fine Italian food in a casual atmosphere.
Sfizzio, 2nd & Dock Streets, at the Society Hill Towers, 925-1802, www.sfizzio.com; lunch & dinner daily. A small Italian restaurant with a colorful décor.
Washington Square, 210 Washington Square, 592-7787; lunch & dinner daily. This is one of Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr's many popular exotic restaurants, featuring "global street food"everything from chicken soup and a scallop-and-lobster corndog to sea bass and grilled items.
Anjou, 206 Market Street, 923-1600, lunch (Monday-Saturday) & dinner (daily). This restaurant serves Korean and Japanese food and has a cozy lounge & sushi bar.
Buddakan, 325 Chestnut Street, 574-9440, www.buddakan.com; lunch (Monday-Friday) & dinner (daily). Another one of Stephen Starrs restaurants, featuring expensive Asian cuisine served in a dining room with a 10-foot tall gold statue of Budda!
Café Spice, 35 South 2nd Street, 627-6273, www.cafespice.com; lunch (Monday-Friday), weekend brunch, & dinner (daily). Indian fare, served with several different sides orders and delicious nan bread, in a quiet, romantic environment.
Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar, 138 Market Street, 923-6069, www.continentalmartinibar.com; lunch (Monday-Friday), weekend brunch, & dinner (daily). Cocktails and a menu of global tapas served in a restored stainless steel 1960s diner. Look overhead for the oversized olive-shaped lamps pierced with huge toothpicks!
Cuba Libre, 10 South 2nd Street, 627-0666, www.cubalibrerestaurant.com; lunch (Monday-Friday), weekend tropical brunch, & dinner (daily). Cuban food in a great environment where you feel like youre sitting at an outdoor café in Havana!
Eulogy Belgian Tavern, 136 Chestnut Street, 413-1918, www.eulogybar.com; lunch (Thursday-Sunday) & dinner (daily). Located in the building where jeweler Bailey, Banks and Biddle was founded in 1832. The tavern features Belgian favorite foods (including mussels in popular Belgian styles and an innovative Belgian jambalaya), 185 international bottled beers, and 15 draught beers.
Fork, 306 Market Street, 625-9425, www.forkrestaurant.com; lunch (Monday-Friday), Sunday brunch, & dinner (daily). A nationally-acclaimed New American bistro with a casual air, using the highest quality ingredientsmany of which are supplied by local farmers from throughout the Philadelphia area. There have been raves about the desserts!
Morimoto, 723 Chestnut Street, 413-9070, www.morimotorestaurant.com; lunch (MondayFriday) & dinner (daily). Morimoto is a cutting-edge restaurant serving contemporary Japanese cuisine. Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame prepares traditional dishes with a modern flair.
Paradigm, 239 Chestnut Street, 238-6900, www.paradigmrestaurant.com; lunch (Tuesday-Friday) & dinner, closed Sunday & Monday. Featured by Zagat Survey as one of America's Top Restaurants, this trendy spot offers everything from innovative cuisine to world famous "peek-a-boo" bathrooms.
Philadelphia Fish and Company, 207 Chestnut Street, 625-8605, www.philadelphiafish.com; lunch (Monday-Saturday) & dinner (daily). Features innovative seafood dishes and Best in Philly crabcakes.
Plough and the Stars, South 2nd Street near Chestnut Street, 733-0300; www.ploughstars.com; lunch (Monday-Friday), weekend brunch, & dinner (daily). This Irish restaurant and pub is located in the restored and historically-preserved Corn Exchange Building and features 24-foot ornate ceilings and molded Corinthian columns.
Red Sky Restaurant & Lounge, 224 Market Street, 925-8080, www.redskylounge.com; open for dinner daily. The décor features a glowing red ceiling floating 25 feet overhead and an iridescent lime green floor. The food is New American with an all-chocolate dessert menu!
Ristorante Panorama at Penns View Hotel, 14 North Front Street, 922-7600 or 922-7800, www.pennsviewhotel.com; lunch (Monday-Friday) & dinner (daily). Features authentic Italian cuisine, and wine lovers around the world have heard the praise of the dramatic "il bar," which features the world's largest wine dispensing system. Decanter Magazine once described Ristorante Panorama as having the "best wine-by-the-glass program in North America."
Sassafras Café, 48 South 2nd Street, near Chestnut Street, 925-2317, lunch & dinner daily. A cozy place known for its variety of good burgers.
Tangerine, 232 Market Street, 627-5116, www.tangerinerestaurant.com; open daily for dinner only. Mediterranean and French food (expensive!) in a unique setting.
Warmdaddy's, 4 South Front Street, at Market Street, 627-8400, www.warmdaddys.com; dinner only, closed Monday. This is a traditional (dark) blues club with live performances of blues, jazz, and soul music along with Southern cuisine.
World Fusion, 123 Chestnut Street, 629-1100, www.opentable.com/restaurant_profile.asp?ID=2233; dinner only, closed Sunday & Monday. Offers Polynesian, French, Mediterranean, and Spanish cuisine. Once a bank, this place has soaring ceilings, curving walkways, and a lavish bar.
Chart House, 555 South Columbus Blvd. at Lombard Street, 625-8383, www.chart-house.com/Locations/philadelphia/index.htm; dinner daily & Sunday brunch. A national chain serving good (expensive) seafood in a nice atmosphere (with an exhibition-style kitchen) along the Delaware River.
Keating's River Grill and Perk's Café at the Hyatt Hotel, 201 South Columbus Blvd. at Walnut Street, 928-1234, http://pennslanding.hyatt.com/property/hotelinfo/dining/index.jhtml?ssnav=0; breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. These are fairly typical hotel restaurants, but they overlook the Delaware River and the boats at Penn's Landing.
La Veranda Ristorante, 5 North Columbus Blvd. between Arch & Market Streets, 351-1898; lunch (Monday-Friday) & dinner (daily). A traditional, formal Roman-style restaurant featuring Mediterranean foodfairly expensive.
Azalea at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park, 401 Chestnut Street
Bennys Place, 435 Chestnut Street
Blue in Green, 719 Sansom Street
Cosi, 4th & Chestnut Streets
Double Shots Espresso Bar, 211 Chestnut Street
Famous 4th Street Deli, 4th & Bainbridge Streets
J. Cabots Café, 7th & Sansom Streets
Metropolitan Bakery & Café, 5 South 3rd Street
Perk's Café at the Hyatt Hotel, 201 South Columbus Blvd. at Walnut Street
Pink Rose Pastry Shop, 4th & Bainbridge Streets
South Philly Diner, 100 block of South Street
Zekes, 5th Street between Spruce and Pine Streets
A Philly cheesesteak consists of a big helping of grilled sliced beef served hot on a large roll and topped with cheese and sometimes onions. Most food vendors that you see on sidewalks around town sell cheesesteaks, as well as Philadelphia hoagies (known elsewhere as grinders, heros, sub sandwiches, submarines, etc.), soft pretzels, scrapple, and other local treats. These are three of the most well-known places to get an authentic Philly cheesesteak.
Jim's Steaks, Fourth & South Streets, 928-1911, www.jimssteaks.com
Pat's King of Steaks, 9th & Wharton Streets, by Passyunk Ave., 468-1546, www.patskingofsteaks.com; open 24/7
Geno's Cheese Steaks, 1219 South 9th Street, 389-0659, www.genosteaks.com/index.html; open 24/7
Photos by E-Lax Staff and John Strohsacker