Baltimore means lacrosse excellence. The region has always been a hot bed of lacrosse stars and prominent national teams. Efforts are underway to convince the NCAA Baltimore is the best city to host future lacrosse championships.
Business support is needed as organizers for the NCAA’s national lacrosse tournament to be held at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Memorial Day weekend are seeking to set an attendance record at this year’s tournament.
The tournament, which will be held on May 26, 27 and 28, will feature national semi-final and final lacrosse matches for Division I and the national final matches for Divisions II and III.
Host institutions for the tournament are GBC-members Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College, Towson University, and UMBC. Organizers are targeting a goal of more than 70,000 spectators to entice the NCAA to bring the tournament back to Baltimore in 2009.
GBC President & CEO Don Fry said of this effort, “Successfully hosting the NCAA Final Four in lacrosse is a huge win for our region. Not only do we see a local economic impact of approximately $15-20 million but the city receives national exposure on ESPN. When presented with this type of opportunity, we must take advantage of it to ensure that future major sporting events are attracted to the Baltimore region.”
Businesses can support the effort through ticket purchases and sponsorship participation. Sponsorships are available at the $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 levels.
Additionally, local businesses are encouraged to purchase blocks of 100 or more tickets for their employees, customers or to provide them to area youth. Block ticket costs are $50 per ticket and should be made payable to the Baltimore Ravens.
Tournament events will also include a weekend “Baltimore Lax Fest” in the Inner Harbor and a tournament banquet on May 25.