By MLL Communications | 12/9/13 12:00 PM
BOSTON (December 9, 2013) – Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, in conjunction with the Atlanta Sports Council and Kennesaw State University, announced Fifth Third Bank Stadium, in Kennesaw, Ga., as the venue for the 2014 MLL Championship Game on August 23.
“We are thrilled to return to Fifth Third Bank Stadium and the Atlanta region,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “We believe in the growth of the sport in the area and having the Championship Game there is the next step as we contemplate future expansion.”
Last season, over four thousand fans traveled to Fifth Third Bank Stadium to witness the Rochester Rattlers take on the Boston Cannons in the first ever MLL game in Georgia. The game’s success paved the way for the League to entertain bringing one of its marquee events back to the area as it looks to expand.
“What a great compliment it is for Major League Lacrosse to think that highly of our facility, staff and community to want to host the Championship Game in Kennesaw,” said Vaughn Williams, Athletic Director at KSU. “We are excited and honored to be a part of the MLL season finale.”
The 2014 MLL Championship Game in the Atlanta region is a joint effort of MLL, the Atlanta Sports Council a division of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Cobb Sports Alliance and the local business community.
The Atlanta Sports Council has played a role in helping to attract and support more than 50 major sporting events to the Atlanta region, including Super Bowls XXVIII and XXXIV, the Centennial Olympic Games, two NCAA Women’s Final Fours and three NCAA Men’s Final Fours.
"Metro Atlanta has a strong affinity for lacrosse, both at the participant and fan levels, so it's only fitting that Kennesaw State University hosts the 2014 MLL championship game," said Dan Corso, executive director of the Atlanta Sports Council. “We are excited to play a role in organizing the event and look forward to a terrific game."
Formed in 2013, the Cobb Sports Alliance is a division of Cobb Travel & Tourism. Its mission is to create and support a complete sports, visitor, and community experience, thereby enhancing economic impact.
"Lacrosse has a large following in our community and the Cobb Sports Alliance, a division of Cobb Travel & Tourism, is very excited to be a part of the Major League Lacrosse Championship game," said Holly Bass, CEO of Cobb Travel & Tourism. "This is a fantastic opportunity for Cobb County, and we look forward to working with lacrosse at all levels to build an excellent fan experience."
The Atlanta region business community has also embraced the event, especially The Coca-Cola Company, whose strong commitment to sports and Major League Lacrosse is well documented.
“At Coca-Cola we strive to inspire people to come together and be inspired to get active,” said Sharon Byers, SVP Sports, Entertainment & Community Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. “Major League Lacrosse players are the embodiment of healthy, active living and demonstrate the joy of athletic competition. We are excited to bring people together with the 2014 MLL Championship Game in our very own hometown.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale Friday, December 13. For more information on the 2014 MLL Championship Game and all MLL-related events visit www.majorleaguelacrosse.com.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse League, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June 2001 and will embark on its fourteenth season. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: The Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers. More information about the league can be found at www.majorleaguelacrosse.com, Facebook or Twitter.
The 2014 Collegiate Draft will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014 in Philadelphia and the fourteenth season will commence the weekend of April 26. The 2014 MLL All-Star Game will be held at Harvard Stadium on June 26. Tickets for the event are on sale now by calling the Boston Cannons office at 617-746-9933
About the Atlanta Sports Council
The Atlanta Sports Council promotes the value of sports growth in Atlanta and Georgia by acting as an authority on the economic impact, visibility and quality of life issues associated with sports. Its mission is to lead, organize and support sports development. The Atlanta Sports Council was created in 1985 under the original name of Sports 2000, and is a division of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. For more information, visitwww.AtlantaSportsCouncil.com.
About the Cobb Sports Alliance
The Cobb Sports Alliance mission is to create and support a complete sports, visitor, and community experience, thereby enhancing economic impact. The Cobb Sports Alliance was created in 2013, and is a division of Cobb Travel & Tourism. Cobb Travel & Tourism represents Atlanta’s sweet spot, Cobb County. Charming. Delightful. And truly alive with personality. Learn all about what Cobb has to offer by visiting www.travelcobb.orgor www.facebook.com/cobbtravelandtourism.
About Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Fifth Third Bank Stadium is an 8,300-seat state-of-the-art stadium built in 2010 in partnership with the former Women’s Professional Soccer team Atlanta Beat, designed to showcase a variety of events. It has hosted Major League Soccer, KSU Soccer and Lacrosse, the Southern Lacrosse Showdown, NCAA Women’s College Cup, concerts and music festivals. Situated within a beautiful 88-acre KSU Sports and Recreation Park, the facility is conveniently located just one mile from both I-75 and I-575 in Cobb County, which is often referred to as Atlanta’s sweet spot.
About Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.KSU Athletics attained NCAA Division I status in 2006, and its 16 sports (7 men’s, 9 women’s) compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.