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NCAA Awards '13, '14 Men's Lacrosse Final Four To Philly, Baltimore

NCAA Lacrosse Event In '13 Will Be Third In
Philly, While '14 Tourney Will Be Baltimore's Sixth

The NCAA announced yesterday that it has selected Philadelphia and Baltimore to host the '13 and '14 Division I, II and III Men's Lacrosse Championships, respectively. The '13 championships at Lincoln Financial Field will be the third time overall and first time since '06 that Philadelphia will host the competition. Baltimore, also home to the '10 and '11 championships, will host the '14 event at M&T Bank Stadium, the sixth time the city has hosted the lacrosse competitions (NCAA). The total and single-day attendance records for the Men's Lacrosse Championships both were set at M&T Bank Stadium in '07. Ravens President Dick Cass said, "I think the (NCAA) committee enjoyed its experience last spring. I think they appreciate the fact that we have a downtown stadium, that the fans can come to Baltimore, park their cars and spend the weekend walking around the city and then come over to the game. It's a very good experience for fans" (Baltimore SUN, 9/22). INSIDE LACROSSE's Danielle Bernstein wrote, "I didn’t think Charm City wouldn’t be in the mix at any point but after all the talk about how low attendance was this season at the Final Four at M&T Bank stadium, clearly the NCAA doesn’t see that as cause enough to not bring it back there." Conversely, with "so much talk over recent years about Denver potentially being a future Final Four host city, the NCAA obviously still doesn’t see this as a viable option for them." INSIDE LACROSSE's John Jiloty added, "I am somewhat surprised the New Meadowlands Stadium didn’t get one of those next two Final Fours. That has to be a favorite for the next round in 2015-16, since I think it proved itself last year in its first-ever event (Konica Minolta Big City Classic) to be a great venue for lacrosse" (INSIDELACROSSE.com, 9/21).

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