Next week is the most wonderful time of the year for lacrosse fans here in Durham Region.
The Ontario Lacrosse Festival runs for 10 days with 557 teams and more than 11,000 athletes competing for 44 provincial and national lacrosse championships.
That’s a lot of lax!
In fact, it’s the largest youth lacrosse event in North America.
But you don’t have to be fan of lacrosse to be a fan of the Ontario Lacrosse Festival. The event attracts about 60,000 spectators and boosts local spending by an estimated $5.5 million. That’s great news for our businesses and residents, too.
Games run from Friday, July 30 to Sunday, Aug. 7. They will be held in six arenas in five Durham Region communities, including:
- Whitby’s Iroquois Park Sports Centre and McKinney Arena
- Brooklin’s Luther Vipond Arena
- Oshawa’s Legends Centre
- Bowmanville’s Garnett B. Rickard Recreation Complex
- Pickering’s Don Beer Arena
In addition to the indoor tournament competition, an outdoor Festival Fun Zone is set up at Iroquois Park. The festival involves everyone in the family so sponsors and exhibitors provide unique, engaging and experiential opportunities for everyone.
Thank you and good luck to everyone involved with hosting the Ontario Lacrosse Festival. And best wishes with scoring success and great memories for all participants.
– Don Terry, Sport Durham Advisory Committee Chair