BALTIMORE – The 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships are going to be in Commerce City from July 10 to July 19, organizers announced.
US Lacrosse, the sport’s governing body, is hosting the event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Officials say a record 38 nations will participate at the competition that is expected to draw up to 150,000 spectators.
“Commerce City is excited to welcome the world to the region. Being known as the championship's official competition city is consistent with our values," said Mayor Sean Ford. "We believe in creating an environment that allows our 1,500 businesses to compete in the global economy on a regular basis and introducing visitors to the community."
“US Lacrosse is fortunate to have Commerce City as a partner for the world championships,” said US Lacrosse COO Bill Schoonmaker. “The support of the city will help ensure this event delivers a world-class experience for tens of thousands of athletes and spectators during more than 125 international games over 10 days.”
Besides the world championship, more than 140 teams signed up for the boys youth and men’s masters world festivals. Those will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in conjunction with the world championships.
The championships are every four years. But this is the first time the event has been staged in the United States since 1998, when it was in Baltimore. The last FIL championship was in Manchester, England. The United States nipped Canada 12-10 to win the gold medal.