Gillette Stadium set an attendance record for the Division I final in 2008.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The NCAA, Gillette Stadium and Harvard University today announced the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships will be played at Gillette Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. The Division I, II and III Men’s Lacrosse Championships will be played over Memorial Day Weekend, on May 27-29 in 2017 and on May 26-28 in 2018.
“We are honored to have earned the bid to host the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium in 2017 and 2018,” said Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group. “We love to celebrate championships at Gillette Stadium and are eager to host the lacrosse national championship games for the fourth and fifth times. I have a son who played lacrosse collegiately and three grandsons who I have enjoyed watching play and can speak to the tremendous growth of the game here in New England. The passion and support by fans of the game were evident when we hosted our first lacrosse championship game and set an attendance record in 2008. We look forward to hosting record-breaking crowds once again in the years ahead.”
The agreement marks the fourth and fifth times the championships will be held at Gillette Stadium, where the event has enjoyed a history of tremendous success. In 2008, Gillette Stadium set attendance records for the Division I final (48,970) and the Division II and III finals (24,317). The championships were also played in Foxborough in 2009 and 2012, attracting fans from 47 states and six international countries to the events.
Harvard has teamed with the NCAA several times in recent years to host NCAA championship events. In addition to hosting the 2008, 2009, and 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, Harvard served as host for the 2006 women’s basketball Final Four at the TD Bank Garden, the 2010 fencing championships at Gordon Indoor Track, and the 2013 women’s water polo championships at Blodgett Pool.
“Harvard is thrilled to once again partner with Gillette Stadium to serve as hosts of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships in 2017 and 2018,” said Bob Scalise, Harvard’s John D. Nichols ’53 Family Director of Athletics. “We look forward to working with the NCAA and the lacrosse community to prepare for some exciting weekends of lacrosse at the upcoming NCAA Division I, II and III Championships.”
The New England lacrosse community is comprised of 77 NCAA teams, 34,272 players, 809 high school teams and 86,034 registered US Lacrosse members. New England is home to the largest youth lacrosse organization (Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League) in the United States and the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of US Lacrosse is the largest in the country with 43,000 members.
“My family and I are thrilled to bring the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships back to Gillette Stadium,” said Dan Kraft, president international of The Kraft Group and a former lacrosse player at Tufts University. “We look forward to working with the NCAA and all of our partners to create a great experience for the players, fans and lacrosse community.”
“We look forward to once again welcoming lacrosse fans from across the U.S. and across the globe to Boston and Foxborough,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Lacrosse fans will enjoy exploring and discovering our extraordinary cultural attractions and historical sites, in addition to watching great lacrosse at Gillette Stadium.”