Bradley's soccer team prepares for a big time exhibition game.
The Braves host top-ranked and defending national champ Notre Dame at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Shea Stadium.
Bradley soccer coach Jim DeRose tells WMBD's Greg and Dan Show a number of factors played into Bradley being able to schedule the Irish.
"I think certainly Vince Cicciarelli from Peoria Notre Dame being one of their leading scorers is one," DeRose says. "Plus, this being the Danny Dahlquist Memorial Game, Notre Dame played in the first memorial game in 2009."
Danny Dahlquist was a BU soccer player killed in a 2007 house fire before the start of his sophomore season.
Bradley features four players from area high schools.
DeRose admits the game will be a big test for his Braves. Notre Dame is top-ranked in most preseason polls and has only four freshmen on its roster. Bradley, on the other hand, has lost 10 seniors, including 7 starters.
"While we'd like to just roll out our best 12 guys and play them the whole game," DeRose says, "we can't do that because we have so many freshmen."
Shea Stadium seating is general admission. Tickets cost $10 each, or $6 each for groups of 15 or more.
Fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office at Renaissance Coliesum, which will be open until 4:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Shea Stadium gates and ticket office will open at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Limited pregame tailgating space remains and may be reserved for $10 by calling Jack Craig at (309) 677-3636.
The first 1,000 fans will receive free thundersticks. The first 500 members of Bradley University's Greek Life will receive free vuvuzelas.
Overflow parking will be available at the Peoria Park District's Corn Stock Theater in Laura Bradley Park with a free shuttle bus to Shea Stadium.
Pregame festivities will include a World Cup-style walkout and flag presentation, featuring 100 local youth.