BALTIMORE — Commerce City, Colo., will be the “Official Competition City” for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship. The FIL World Championship is being run by US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body, and will be held from July 10-19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. A record 38 nations will participate, and the event is expected to attract as many as 150,000 spectators.
“Commerce City is excited to welcome the world to the region and being known as the Championship’s Official Competition City is consistent with our values,” said Mayor Sean Ford. “We believe in creating an environment that allows our 1,500 businesses to compete in the global economy on a regular basis and introducing visitors to the community.”
“US Lacrosse is fortunate to have Commerce City as a partner for the world championships,” said US Lacrosse COO Bill Schoonmaker. “The support of the city will help ensure this event delivers a world-class experience for tens of thousands of athletes and spectators during more than 125 international games over 10 days.”
In addition to the FIL World Championship, more than 140 teams are already registered for the boys’ youth and men’s master’s World Festivals, which will be held in conjunction with the world championship at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
This is the first time the quadrennial FIL Men’s World Championship has been held in the United States since 1998 when it was played in Baltimore. The last FIL Men’s World Championship was held in 2010 in Manchester, England and the United States defeated Canada 12-10 to win the gold medal.
About Commerce City
As the state’s fourth-fastest growing community, Commerce City is redefining itself for the next generation, building on historic values of community, industry, agriculture and family. Centrally located along Colorado’s bustling Front Range, Commerce City is a Quality Community for a Lifetime, with 25 miles of trails, a championship golf course, 700 acres of open space and parks, one of the country’s largest soccer complexes and the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge. Learn more at www.c3gov.com<http://www.