Mark it down.

On May 16, 2016, the 25-year residency of US Lacrosse on University Parkway in Baltimore — adjacent to Johns Hopkins’ hallowed Homewood Field — will end.

When eight lacrosse associations merged to create US Lacrosse in 1998, the new national governing body had 12 employees (one for every 1,670 members) housed in the former headquarters of The Lacrosse Foundation, which lived there since 1991. An expansion of the building in 1997 raised its capacity to 35.

Today, US Lacrosse has a staff of more than 80 (one for every 5,400 members) and more than 350 volunteers across the country.

But the move will be bittersweet.

On one hand, the new National Lacrosse Center will position US Lacrosse and the sport for long-term growth and success. Construction was funded entirely by a $15 million capital campaign which demonstrated just how eager the lacrosse community is to have a true national hub for the sport — one that will house a stadium and training center for the U.S. national teams and support US Lacrosse’s growing portfolio of educational offerings, that will invite lacrosse lovers from across the country to celebrate the sport’s history (the new and improved National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum opens in September) and that will contribute to its future.

The National Campaign for Lacrosse includes $1 million earmarked for programming — such as the First Stick Grants that provide comprehensive start-up assistance — to expand the sport’s reach into non-traditional communities, and an additional $1 million in funding for US Lacrosse’s player-safety initiatives.

On the other hand, we leave behind a quarter-century of memories. When I joined US Lacrosse as Lacrosse Magazine’s first staff writer in 2005, there were about 25 full-time employees here. That number has more than tripled in the last decade. But the people who have come and gone from this place all had a role in making it one of the most influential governing bodies in sports. It’s always been about the people. Heck, I met my wife in this building.

But it’s time for a new chapter. What does it mean for you? For one, we have a new mailing address. Starting May 16, please send mail to:

US Lacrosse
2 Loveton Circle
Sparks, MD 21152

Phone and fax numbers and extensions, email addresses and the like will remain the same.

Secondly, US Lacrosse will close for business at 2 p.m. ET Thursday, May 12, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. ET Monday, May 16.

After that, give us a shout, drop us a line and let us know how excited you are to visit us in our new home.

National Campaign for Lacrosse

The capital campaign includes earmarks for US Lacrosse's programs to expand participation and improve player safety.

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