San Diego Community News Group
World Lacrosse has announced the attribution of its 2023 Men’s World Championship to the city of San Diego. The first Lacrosse World Championship to be held in California, the 2023 Men’s World Lacrosse Championship will feature 30 teams and over 100 games at San Diego State University and San Diego University on 21 June to July 1, 2023..
Hosted by the San Diego 2023 Organizing Committee with support from World Lacrosse and USA Lacrosse, the tournament will feature the world’s best men’s teams as the sport competes for inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
One of the fastest growing sports in the United States, more than 900,000 people participate in lacrosse nationwide. Southern California’s burgeoning lacrosse community is home to the San Diego Seals of the National Lacrosse League and the headquarters of the Premier Lacrosse League in Los Angeles. Seals owner Joe Tsai will chair the San Diego 2023 organizing committee.
Along with the World Championship, San Diego will host a festival of youth throughout the tournament to engage boys and girls players from across the region, country and the world.
Steve Govett, vice president of the San Diego 2023 organizing committee, said, “We are honored to serve as the local organizing committee and to welcome the world to Southern California. We look forward to engaging the global lacrosse community to showcase the sport’s greatest athletes at the highest level of international competition here in the city of San Diego. “
The Men’s World Championship was first held in 1967, and every four years since 1974. 2023 will mark the fourth edition of the championship to be held on American soil – and the first on the West Coast – after Baltimore has won. hosted in 1982 and 1998, and the 2014 event was held in Denver. In 2023, the United States will defend their 2018 title, which was won by a score of 9-8 against Canada in Netanya, Israel.
SDSU’s new 35,000-seat Snapdragon Stadium – slated to open in September 2022 as the home of the school’s football program will be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies, the opening match , semi-finals and medal matches. Three additional courts will be used for the SDSU tournament.
Meanwhile, the USD Torero Stadium will host a majority of featured tournament matches with a capacity of 6,000 spectators. The grass stadium is home to the college football and soccer programs, the inaugural season of the San Diego Loyal United Soccer League and Wave FC (2022). Another artificial turf field on campus will also host tournaments.
Julie Coker, President and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority, said, “This is a great victory for San Diego. Events like these are critical to the health of our local tourism economy, especially as we continue to recover. It will also help highlight why San Diego is the perfect destination to host athletes from all over the world so that we can continue to attract top sporting events and grow this important sector of our tourism economy. “
The Men’s Lacrosse World Championship has been delayed for a year due to COVID-19 after initially scheduled for 2022 in British Columbia.