Friday, July 6, 2007

MLL Sets Lacrosse Attendance Record

The MLL's been making noise this week... Wednesday the MLL broke a league attendance record, packing 19,743 fans in to watch a MLL game in Denver. This Sunday is the league's All-Star game. Happy Independence Day to all Americans. It seems like the MLL's not ready to pack it in just yet...

Denver GM and head coach Brian Reese was anticipating record numbers for their recent July 4th game. But not record setting numbers. The nearly 20K fans Denver drew smashes normal MLL attendance figures - usually under 5k per game, and who knows how many of those are comped... and the crowd exceeds the old MLL record of 15,981, which Denver also set in 2006.

In addition to being the new MLL record, Wednesday's attendance in Denver supposedly set a new professional lacrosse record which was previously set by the NLL’s Toronto Rock when they drew 19,432 fans for a 2005 final... With Denver’s success, many are seeing a brighter future for the sport of lacrosse and the MLL.

“That’s amazing. It just goes to show you that if you work at it and put out a good product, people will come,” said Reese, who has been involved with the MLL since its inaugural 2001 season. “The people here appreciate good lacrosse and good entertainment. It gets so loud here on the field that you can barely hear yourself talk. It’s an amazing energy we get from the crowd.”

BTW, Denver came out on top in a 22-14 victory over Chicago.

Next on the agenda of the MLL is its the All-Star break in Boston. See our post 'MLL All-Star Game' below for more.