June 10, 2013

IMLCA Forms Committee to Evaluate Championship Attendance

from staff reports

FORESTDALE, Mass. — The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced Monday that it has established a committee to evaluate the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships; specifically the downturn in attendance.

"The IMLCA was formed to help build the game of lacrosse and monitor the integrity of the game so it is with these founding principles that the IMLCA Board of Directors has determined that the Association would be proactive in addressing this disturbing trend," said Phil Buttafuoco, IMLCA Executive Director.

Individuals from within the coaching community, athletic administrators and the corporate world are being invited to participate on the committee. The IMLCA anticipates the committee will conduct several conference calls during the months of June and July and submit a position paper to the NCAA for consideration during the summer meeting of the NCAA Divisions I, II and III Men's Lacrosse Committees.

The 2013 NCAA Division I men's title game drew 28,224 spectators to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, making it the lowest attended championship game since 2002, the last time the event wasn't held in an NFL stadium.

Championship weekend attendance, including the D-I semifinals and D-I, D-II and D-III finals, was 79,179, continuing a trend of six-year decline. Meanwhile, the Division I women's final at Villanova, Pa. drew 9,391 fans, close to the all-time high of 9,782 set at Towson in 2010.

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