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Why Houston?

March 18, 2016
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) will be hosting the 2015 All-Star Game at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on June 13 th. The League has been hard at work to make the event a huge success, with help a local operating committee to ensure that Houston is a good fit for professional outdoor lacrosse.

Many lacrosse fans have asked, “why Houston?” We’re here to let you in on how the All-Star Game landed in the Lone Star State...

"We’re excited to bring the MLL All-Star Game to Houston.  We’ve been watching the growth of the sport in Texas and want to give the great fans in the region a taste of the MLL. Working together with Savoy Sports Advisors, the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority and the Houston Chapter of US Lacrosse, we’re sure we can make this a memorable event," said MLL Commissioner David Gross.

When Savoy Sports Advisors approached MLL about hosting the All-Star Game in Houston, many people had interests beyond a single event. Timon Lorenzo, managing partner of the local operating committee, grew up in the Houston area and remembers the first time he picked up a lacrosse stick. He’s been hooked ever since.

“I wanted to help MLL bring the All-Star Game to Houston partially because I come from Houston, and because I know how uniquely enthusiastic and supportive Houston is with professional sports.  Also, I know the power of a great sport with young people. Houston has the interest in the sport and the grassroots support to continue to grow lacrosse at all levels,” said Lorenzo.

This will be the first time MLL has come to the Houston market, and Lorenzo said the word spread like brushfire. “After the College Draft announcement in Baltimore last month, it seemed that all suburbs of Houston knew about the All-Star Game coming to the area before the weekend was over.”

The advisory group has been hard at work to continue creating buzz about the event, and bringing professional lacrosse to Houston. They have been in touch with many lacrosse programs in Houston and surrounding communities, who are now partnering directly with the local operating committee to ensure success of the event, as well as a possible future for MLL in Houston.

Lorenzo is a true believer that if the MLL brings a franchise to town, Houstonians will embrace the team like it has been there for years. “Houston tends to be like that with professional sports,” said Lorenzo. Colleges in Houston will see that there is a level above them, and that professionals have a place to play. Hopefully more and more high school programs will consider adding more varsity girls and guys programs.

Will the All-Star Game lead to Houston having its own MLL team?  Only time will tell...

To keep up with the efforts by “MLL Houston,” as well as all things All-Star Weekend, like the Houston MLL Facebook page,  follow  HoustonMLL on Instagram, and @MLLHou on Twitter.

To get your tickets to the 2015 All-Star Game, click HERE!

For more information on the All-Star Game visit: http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/all-star-game/