SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse today formally announced Philadelphia as the site of the annual US Lacrosse Convention and Fan Fest (LaxCon) for 2019 and 2020. The sport’s national governing body hosts each year the largest professional development event and trade show in the world for lacrosse coaches, officials, leaders and fans, drawing more than 7,000 participants each January for a weekend of learning, networking and fun to kick off the season.

LaxCon will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Jan. 11-13, 2019, and Jan. 10-12, 2020. US Lacrosse in 2002 unified its men’s and women’s conventions in the City of Brotherly Love, which since has hosted LaxCon in 2004-08 and 2012-14.

“Philadelphia has demonstrated enthusiasm for lacrosse and popularity as a site for LaxCon,” Kim Rogers, director of events at US Lacrosse, said. “We have long enjoyed a great relationship with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and are looking forward to engaging the local lacrosse community for LaxCon in 2019 and 2020.”

In addition to prior US Lacrosse Conventions, Philadelphia has hosted NCAA men’s and women’s lacrosse championships (it will do so again on the men’s side in 2019-20) and Federation of International Lacrosse under-19 and senior women’s world championships. The surrounding Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey South chapters of US Lacrosse represent a total of nearly 35,000 members; most of which are players at the youth and high school levels.

 

“We are thrilled that LaxCon is coming back to Philadelphia for their 2019 and 2020 events,” Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. “We look forward to welcoming nearly 8,000 members of the lacrosse community from across the country, who will generate an estimated 3,600 room nights for area hotels. Sporting events provide great economic wins for our city and in 2016, generated an estimated $180 million in economic impact while helping to support more than 71,000 hospitality-related jobs in Philadelphia.”

The convention features some 150 on-field demonstrations, clinics and classroom educational sessions conducted by many of the sport’s top coaches, officials and leaders. The professional development offerings include a keynote session that at previous Philadelphia-hosted conventions has featured sports legends like Bill Clement, Herm Edwards, and Dick Vermeil. Most of the sessions are captured via video or via speaker PowerPoint synced to audio and made available to registered attendees for on-demand review following the event.

The convention also welcomes 150 vendors and sponsors in lacrosse’s largest exposition hall, with which fans of all ages can interact via an expo-hall only ticket for the Saturday of the event. Dozens of US Lacrosse committees and lacrosse-affiliated organizations conduct meetings at LaxCon.

Registration for #LaxCon2019 is expected to open shortly after Labor Day. US Lacrosse members receive a significant discount on the price of all-access tickets as a benefit of membership.

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