Monday, May 17, 2010

Your 2010 National Lacrosse League Champion...

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...Washington Stealth.

As I mentioned last week, I had the fortune to work as a stage manager for last Saturday's Washington Stealth indoor lacrosse game. The Stealth defeated the Toronto Rock to win the 2010 Champions Cup in front of a crowd of 8,600+ at the Comcast Arena in Everett.

It was a fantastic and loud night filled with suspense. The Stealth came out hot to take an early 3-0 lead, only to see that lead disappear as the Rock went on to lead by as many as five goals during the third quarter of the game. But, the Stealth turned it on strong when it counted and
ended up winning by a final score of 15-11. The building went crazy and the celebration began. It was a unique vantage point to be able to be on the field during the celebration.

Although, I wasn't involved with the day to day operations or marketing of the team, it was fun to see the momentum and enthusiasm for the team grow over the last six months. While they averaged a respectable 4,000 fans a game during the regular season, it was a huge boost for the team and the sport of lacrosse in this area that 8,600+ fans showed up for Saturday's game. Granted, winning is the best way to ensure a franchise's success, but in my opinion there is a strong opportunity for this franchise and the sport of lacrosse to gain great popularity in the Puget Sound region based purely on the fact that the sport is so fast paced and spectator friendly. But, only time will tell. It will be interesting to see how the sport does in a competitive (and sometimes saturated) sports environment.

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