In The Works: The First Professional Lacrosse Stadium

If you're like me, seeing the growth of lacrosse makes you really excited! Well, a few days ago it was announced that the Ohio Machine will help bring the first professional lacrosse facility in the world to Obetz, Ohio just in time for their 2017 season home opener on May 6! Coming off of a second place finish last year, the Ohio Machine and Major League Lacrosse are showing their deep commitment to the long-term growth of the sport starting in the Midwestern United States. Set to be named Fortress Field, the new stadium is set to hold 6,500, opting for less seating which give patrons more room to enjoy the game and a more intimate connection to the game. Watching lacrosse on ESPN, I've heard commentators talk about playing in huge NFL venues and the games don't seem as exciting because it's not filled. But when UVA or JHU have a home game on campus, it is beyond max capacity and an electric atmosphere. fortress-02 The venue will also feature a brand new international-sized turf field; and unlike most multi-purpose turf fields, Fortress Field will not be permanently lined, rather they will line the field for that specific event at the time. The complex is also rumored to have state-of-the-art video boards, various concession stands, a generous number of bathrooms and other modern amenities. Did I mention that the Ohio Machine will be donating money from every ticket purchase to fund a youth lacrosse program in Obetz? Yea, well they are. How awesome is that, to have a front office more concerned about growing the game instead of making every penny possible.. Can't wait to see what the next 20 years has in store for our sport. But if this new field is any indication I feel like the sky is the limit.

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