Rockford region to host lacrosse tournament in June 2013
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The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB) announced Nov. 27 that the Rockford region will host its first-ever lacrosse tournament next summer.
The Rock River Cup, organized by NXTsports, will take place June 15-16, 2013, at Sportscore Two.
The national boys’ lacrosse tournament will feature youth and high school divisions. This will be the first time the community has hosted a lacrosse event.
The tournament will draw more than 3,000 players, coaches and fans to the region. They will fill an estimated 3,250 hotel room nights and spend an estimated $585,000 during their stay.
“Hosting a lacrosse tournament of this caliber establishes the Rockford region as a player in the lacrosse market and will make the region a contender for similar events in the future,” said RACVB President/CEO John Groh.
The RACVB sales team first connected with NXTsports at the TEAMS sports tradeshow in the fall of 2011. Staff recognized the region would be a good fit for lacrosse, and brought the event organizers out in April 2012 to show them firsthand what area sports venues have to offer and the servicing provided by RACVB.
Andy Hayes, president and CEO of NXTsports, said: “At NXTsports, we pride ourselves on hosting events that exceed expectations, and a big part of that expectation is choosing elite venues. After a site visit to the Sportscore Two complex, it was apparent that this venue fit our criteria. In addition to award-winning facilities, Rockford itself offers a unique and accessible location, as well as a myriad of activities for visiting teams and families to experience over the weekend.”
The NXTsports tournament format includes family-friendly scheduling, which allows players and parents a great lacrosse experience and time to explore all the Rock River region has to offer.
Posted Nov. 27, 2012
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