COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State University has submitted a formal bid to host the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Ohio Stadium, Buckeye head coach Nick Myers announced. The Buckeyes are in the group for the upcoming bid cycle, which includes the 2010, 2011 and 2012 championships.
“We are excited about the potential of hosting the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in the coming years,” Myers said. “I would like to thank (Ohio State director of athletics) Mr. (Gene) Smith for making this a priority and being aggressive with our bid. This would not only be an eye-opener for those that are unfamiliar with The Ohio State University, but also a real positive for the continued growth of the game in the Midwest. The city of Columbus is more than prepared to host an event of this magnitude. Playing in historic Ohio Stadium on a college campus would truly showcase the spirit of this special event.”
The NCAA men’s lacrosse championships include Division I semifinal games on the first day, Divisions II and III finals on the second day and the Division I final on the final day, typically Memorial Day Monday.
The championship weekend has become a major event, with a total crowd of 145,828 attending over the weekend at Gillette Stadium outside Boston last year, including 48,970 at the Division I final. More than 24,000 were in attendance for the Division II and III games. Gillette also will host the 2009 event. Other recent hosts include Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The event was last on a campus site in 2001 and ’02 when Rutgers served as the host in New Brunswick, N.J.
The sites selected will be announced in early 2009.