Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league in the U.S., announced earlier this week that the 2015 All-Star Game will be hosted at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on Friday, June 13.
The MLL season will culminate once again in Georgia on Saturday, August 8 with the 2015 Championship Game hosted at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the campus of Kennesaw State University. As for the 2015 All-Star Game being hosted at BBVA Compass Stadium, this will be the first ever MLL event held in the city of Houston. Both games will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
MLL Commissioner David Gross, said:
We’re excited to bring the MLL All-Star Game to Houston. We’ve been watching the growth of the sport in Texas and want to give the great fans in the region a taste of the MLL. Working together with Savoy Sports Advisors, the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority and the Houston Chapter of US Lacrosse, we’re sure we can make this a memorable event.
For the city of Houston and its surrounding communities, hosting the MLL All-Star Game is yet another testament to the growth of lacrosse in emerging markets across the United States. Houston youth lacrosse has seen tremendous growth in participation at the recreational, club and select level in recent years. Many programs have seen participation rates increase by 30% year on year. The greater Houston area boasts more than 30 independent youth clubs, each with girls and boys programs ranging from youth through to high school. Recent success in Houston lacrosse has increased recognition by nationally recognised programs and organisations, which has increased recruiting activity and success on a national level for the area.
MLL will work with a strong local partnership group in Houston, led by Savoy Sports Advisors, the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority and the Houston Chapter of US Lacrosse.
Savoy Sports Advisors and local operating partners, Timon Lorenzo and Brendan Logue stated:
We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Major League Lacrosse to showcase the world’s greatest players in Houston. The All-Star Weekend will be a great start in building on the success of the MLL and the growth of local youth programs in one of the most dynamic sports markets in the country.
US Lacrosse Houston Chapter Board member Mark Golenzer, added:
As lacrosse enthusiasts, we’re extremely excited that the MLL will be bringing this marquee event to Houston for the first time. There’s great passion for the game of lacrosse throughout the Greater Houston area, and the Houston Chapter looks forward to working with the MLL to help promote this game to the lacrosse community.
Tickets for the 2015 MLL All-Star Game went on sale January 26.
For more information about the 2015 MLL All-Star Game as well as the full 2015 regular season schedule, visit majorleaguelacrosse.com under Schedule & Events.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001 and will enter its fifteenth season in 2015. 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.
About BBVA Compass Stadium
BBVA Compass Stadium, managed by AEG Facilities and part of its global network of the most elite venues worldwide, is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Houston Dynamo matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events. Opened on May 12, 2012, the 340,000sqft, 22,000-seat venue is the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district. With its downtown location, the new stadium is a part of a true ‘Stadium District’, which includes Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, as well as the George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Warehouse Live and House of Blues.