The World’s Best Lacrosse Players Go for Gold This Summer in Denver
The Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships brings the top men's lacrosse players from across the world to the 18,000-seat Dick's Sporting Goods Park for an action packed series of matches. The United States will defend its crown, having emerged victorious during the 2010 championship in Manchester, England.
A record 38 nations will participate in this year's world championship, playing 142 games over 10 days, beginning with a rematch of the last world championship game. The event opens on Thursday, July 10 with the opening ceremony at 5 p.m., followed by the host United States team battling Canada. The U.S. beat Canada, 12-10, in the 2010 world championship. The championship match takes place on July 19 at 7 p.m., with a closing ceremony following at 9:30 p.m.
Individual game tickets for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championships are now on sale, with full event ticket packages also available. Each package includes access to 142 world championship games, the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony, the International Village and the Vendor Village. See all ticket options.
Four days of the event will be played in the 18,000-seat stadium at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and two turf fields will include grandstand seating. See the full schedule.
Whether you're a dyed-in-the-wool fan or new to the exciting sport of pro lacrosse, you don't want to miss the FIL World Championship in Denver!
Lacrosse in Denver
Lacrosse is gaining a fervent following in Colorado, growing 86 percent between 2006 and 2013.
The Colorado Mammoth is part of the burgeoning National Lacrosse League (NLL) and plays home games at the Pepsi Center, often attracting crowds rivaling those of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche. For the sixth time in the team's 12-year history in Colorado, the Mammoth led the NLL in attendance in 2014 with 15,706 fans per game. Since relocating to Denver, the franchise has averaged more than 16,000 fans per game, and has been top-two in league attendance in every season. The season runs from December to April.
More Major League Lacrosse (MLL) thrills can be found at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, where the Denver Outlaws take on all comers May through August. The team is young, hungry, and provides a great introduction to this exciting sport. In 2013, the Denver Outlaws led their league in attendance for the seventh year in a row and set the MLL single game attendance record of 31,019 on July 4, 2013 when the Outlaws played the NY Lizards.
The University of Denver (DU) Pioneers men's lacrosse team is one of the top-ranked college teams in the nation, advancing to the NCAA Final Four in Baltimore in 2014. This was the third time in four years that the Pioneers have advanced to the Final Four.
In 2015, the NCAA is bringing one of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship Quarterfinals to Sports Authority Field at Mile High, hosted by DU Pioneers and Denver Sports.
For more information on what to do in Denver, and for summer hotel deals, go to VISITDENVER.com.