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SEP 2016

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September 2016 44 www.sportseventsmagazine.com many centuries. Indigenous tribes across North American played the stickball game in the Southeast, around the Great Lakes and in the St. Lawrence Valley area. Early French settlers gave the stickball game the name lacrosse, a generic term used for any game played with a curved stick and a ball. Lacrosseís popularity and growth opens up opportunities for planners to take a shot at luring youth tournaments or collegiate showcases. Foley Sports Tourism in Alabama will welcome 30 teams for its Third Coast Clas- sic Youth Lacrosse Tournament in October. That event is expected to have an economic impact of more than $40,000, said Don Staley, executive director of Foley Sports Tourism. Lacrosse is one of the newest sports on the scene in Rock Hill, SC but also a growing one, said Laurie Helms, marketing coordinator for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism. 5RFN+LOOKRVWHGLWVøUVWODFURVVHWRXUQD- ment at Manchester Meadows in 2010, the Catawba Classic. ìWe grew to two tournaments in 2011, three in 2012 and 2013, and since then, ZH∂YHKDGIRXUWRøYHODFURVVHWRXUQDPHQWV per year,î Helms said. ìWeíve also held a few lacrosse camps and hosted Winthrop University womenís college lacrosse matches.î Helms said hosting lacrosse events had a learning curve early on but now ìthe outstanding maintenance staff at Manches- ter Meadows is well prepared to host these events with careful planning and implemen- tation.î For example, lacrosse clubs initially purchased the goals used in competitions but the city has since purchased those goals, Helms said. Rock Hill has hosted two lacrosse tourna- ments this year and has two more scheduled in October. ìThese two- or three-day events are typically youth tournaments and/or college showcases bringing from forty to eighty- plus teams to compete,î Helms said. Attendance ó including players, coaches and fans ó ranges from 3,000 to 6,500 per day with 85 to 100 percent consid- ered visitors. The direct economic impact averages $600,000 to $700,000 per event, Helms said. The state of Maryland has been at hotbed for lacrosse for years, and with the dramatic expansion of the sport of the past 15 years it has kept pace. It is also the home of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. ìOur City and County is becoming the fast-growing area for small and large scale sports tournaments and events,î said Frank 'L9HQWLFKLHIPDUNHWLQJRIøFHUIRU9LVLW Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. ìThe combination of our convenient Mid-Atlan- tic location, along with our relationships with our local Hotel and Business Partners, NAAA (Navy Sports) and the Countyís Recreations and Parks Department, has allowed us to grow our Sports Events offer- LQJVGUDPDWLFDOO\RYHUWKHSDVWøYH\HDUV¥ Anne Arundel County and the City of ColumbusGAsports.com ONE CITY great Sports Council Columbus, Georgia P.O. Box 1519 | Columbus, GA 31902 | 706.660.1996 COLUMBUS, GEORGIA soccer basketball rafting/kayaking running cycling ⊄VKLQJ wrestling FKHHUOHDGLQJ football tennis golf softball baseball KRFNH\ skating swimming W SPORT Report

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