January 30, 2012

MLL to Hold 2012 All-Star Game in Florida

from press release

BOSTON - Major League Lacrosse announced Monday it will host the 2012 MLL All-Star Game in Boca Raton, FL. at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. This will mark the first event in league history that will take place in the state. It will take place on Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

"MLL is making major strides by hosting our All-Star Game in Florida," said Gross. "The rapid growth of lacrosse in the south has made Florida a market of interest for us as we continue to execute our expansion plans over the next several years. By hosting our marquee event at FAU, we will be able to test the waters to see if it could be a logistically successful place for an MLL team in the future."

Florida Atlantic University is home to the FAU Owls. The newly built stadium opened last fall and seats 30,000 people. MLL is partnering with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission (PBCSC) to bring the MLL All-Star Game to Florida, providing fans with scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and palm trees.

"We're extremely excited about bringing the MLL All-Star Game to Palm Beach County," said George Linley, executive director of Palm Beach County Sports Commission. "FAU is a state-of-the-art facility and a venue unlike any that Palm Beach County has ever had. We're thrilled to showcase the new stadium through the MLL All-Star game, which will really help solidify the growth and presence of lacrosse in Florida. We're hoping by hosting the All-Star game here we will ignite potential for many more MLL events in the future."

Returning to the All-Star Game this year is the "Young Guns vs. Old School" format, in which MLL veterans will compete against players who entered the league in 2009 or later.

New to the All-Star Game will be the "MLL All-Star Experience with Casey Powell and Tony Lowe," which will provide fans with the opportunity to compete in a tournament prior to the game. MLL Legend Casey Powell is a current attackman for the Hamilton Nationals. He is the MLL all-time points leader with 392 points. He was named the MLL Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 and is one of ten players in MLL history to earn at least ten Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors. Tony Lowe is the founder of Snipers Lacrosse, the premier Florida lacrosse program. The Long Island native is a former Lehigh University lacrosse standout.

The MLL All-Star Game is the league's marquee event and consistently draws large crowds to watch the world's top lacrosse talent compete on a single field. It is home to the league's Bud Light Skills Competition, in which players showcase specialty skills that wouldn't be seen during regular games. This year's MLL All-Star Game is a Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council funded project, supported by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Tickets will be available for purchase on February 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. EST at www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or by visiting any Ticketmaster Outlet.

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