NCAA Lacrosse Championships bring thousands to Connecticut – NBC Connecticut

Preparations are underway at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford to host eight teams from across the country this weekend for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Division I, II & III Championships.

“It adds a lot of positive energy. It adds a sense of hope about what summer has in store and just allows people to go out and do what they love, while also showcasing great sport on the national stage, ”said Paul Schlickmann, director. of track and field at the University of Fairfield.

Fairfield University secured the bid to host the national championships six years ago, well before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Schlickmann. He was concerned over the past year about what the event would look like, but Connecticut reopened completely just in time.

“Two months ago we weren’t sure if we were going to have fans here and now we’re incredibly excited and happy that it has turned out the way it has. So we are looking forward to a large crowd, ”Schlickmann said.

The teams will be staying in downtown Hartford, East Hartford, Glastonbury and Windsor. That’s more than 500 people who fill hotel rooms and eat at local restaurants.

On top of that, the university is preparing to welcome more than 12,000 fans from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, upstate New York and the surrounding area.

“We estimate that this event will have an economic impact of $ 4.36 million for the region and for the state and will generate approximately $ 154,000 in state sales tax. It is definitely an income generator. People who come to the event stay in local hotels, they go to restaurants, they go to attractions and just buy souvenirs, gifts, all kinds of stuff and really help the economy, ”said Bob Murdock, the president of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau.

In addition to the Lacrosse Championships in East Hartford, there are sporting events in Hartford, Windsor, Newington, Glastonbury and Uncasville on Memorial Day weekend. The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau estimates $ 7.1 million in economic impact and $ 261,000 in Connecticut sales tax.

“We have a very busy weekend which is great. There is really a pent-up demand for sports and for people to come back in public and have fun with each other, sports and Connecticut, ”Murdock said.

List of sporting events in Connecticut this weekend:

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships DI, DII, DIII: May 29-31, 2021 Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field (East Hartford)

Game schedule:

Match 1 – 12 p.m. – UNC (University of North Carolina) vs UVA (University of Virginia)

Game 2 – 2:30 p.m. – Maryland vs. Duke

Le Moyne vs. Lenoir-Rhyne

RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) v Salisbury

Teams to be determined

NCAA DIII Regional Men’s Baseball Championships: May 27-29, 2021 (rain on May 30 and 31 if necessary)

Trinity College (Hartford)

Oakwood Premier Soccer Memorial Day Tournament: May 29-31, 2021

Oakwood Soccer Park (Portland)

Addison Park (Glastonbury)

Nayaug School (Glastonbury)

Hebron Ave School (Glastonbury)

Glastonbury Secondary School (Glastonbury)

Smith Middle School (Glastonbury)

Middletown Turf Sporting CT (Middletown)

Veterans Memorial Park (Manchester)

Fast Pitch Nation Memorial Day Hi Troops: May 29-30, 2021

Fast Pitch National Park (Windsor)

Lacrosse tournament of the future boys champions: May 30-31, 2021

Newington High School (Newington)

2021 New England AAU Volleyball Fun at the Sun: May 29-31, 2021

Mohegan Sun Casino (Uncasville)

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