Since its founding in 2010, the Collegiate Rugby Championship has driven massive growth in college rugby 7s programs. The tournament draws over 20,000 fans, major sponsors and national broadcast partners, including its current partner CBS Sports. National Collegiate Rugby Championships, LLC took ownership of the event in 2020, partnering with Rhino Sports and Leisure LLC and Patrice Prusmack, wife of the late CRC founder Jon Prusmack.
National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) governs the spring collegiate championships, including the CRC. NCR is the largest collegiate rugby organization with over 600 men's and women's teams. Evolving from the National Small College Rugby Organization, which was founded in 2007, NCR now serves small colleges, Division II and Division I programs. NCR's sole focus is the growth and development of college rugby through a range of competitions, championship pathways, member services and governance. For more information, visit ncr.rugby.
Championship Stadium at the Maryland Soccerplex sits low in a bowl-like stadium and is surrounded by 3,200 hard seats, with an overall capacity of 5,000. If needed, there is space for additional, temporary seating. The field has hosted Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, Major League Soccer matches, International friendlies, the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s, and Women’s Soccer Championships. It has been home to the Washington Freedom of the W-League and the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League. It is the only non-Major League Soccer stadium to ever win Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Manager Association, the trade association for the turf industry.
Past events held in Championship Stadium include: