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20070606 Welcome Back the Champions...
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/06/2007
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TUCSON--The University of Arizona community will welcome back the 2007 NCAA Softball Champion softball team with a public gathering in McKale Center Thursday?afternoon.

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Check out the festivities after the team's arrival with a live video stream here at arizonaathletics.com.

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The Wildcats earned the program's eighth national title with a victory over Tennessee, 5-0, Wednesday night at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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McKale doors open at 2 p.m., with the championship game and other softball highlight features to be shown on the video board. Seating for the public will be in the south end of the arena.

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The UA team, flying back to Arizona through Phoenix, will arrive on charter bus around 3 p.m. and enter McKale Center at floor level. Head coach Mike Candrea, staff and the entire team will be on hand.

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UA President Robert Shelton and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano also may be on hand to fete the Wildcats' third back-to-back national championship. The Cats became three-time repeat titlists (also 1993-94 and 1996-97) with their victory over the Lady Vols, after winning last year's crown with a pair of victories over Northwestern in the WCWS Championship Series.

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Parking for the public will be free in all available UA lots surrounding McKale Center after 2 p.m. Entry for the Cherry Avenue Garage must be southbound off Cherry (either from Speedway or the Mall) due to construction on the south end of that facility.

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Championship merchandise, when available, may be purchased online here .

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