Trent University Athletics Announces 2007 U-19 World Field Lacrosse Championships to be hosted at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario
Potential for $2 Million in economic spin-offs for the City
July 19, 2005, Peterborough
Trent University's Department of Athletics and Recreation announced today at a news conference that the U-19 World Field Lacrosse Championship, held by the International Federation of Women's Field Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA), will be hosted at Trent University's newly revamped facilities in August 2007.
The IFWLA U-19 World Championships will take place over the course of 14 days in August 2007 and will bring 250 participants from 10 countries from around the world plus another 250 Canadian athletes for the opening festivities to be held at the University (see attached fact sheet). A Trent University economist, taking into account the potential for guests, families members and media to attend the events, estimated that economic spin-offs for the region could reach as much as $2 Million in meals, accommodation, and retail purchases.
Participant countries will include the USA, England, Japan, Australia, Wales, Scotland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, New Zealand, Canada.
Today's announcement comes as construction is well underway for phase one of an ambitious master plan that undoubtedly helped the University to win the competition for the prestigious event.
"The renewal of Trent University's athletic facilities was definitely integral to our success in attracting this prestigious world event to Trent and to Peterborough," said Bill Byrick, director of athletics. "The success of Trent's bid for the Championships is testimony to the famous adage 'if you build it, they will come.' We're very excited for Trent and we're very excited for Peterborough as a whole; we'll all benefit from this influx of athletes and their families."
At the news conference, Mr. Byrick explained that the Phase 1 upgrade to the athletic facilities is a result of a partnership between students and administration, in which the student body voted in 2004 to provide financial support of a master plan to improve athletic facilities at Trent. Phase one of the athletics project includes construction of a stadium with artificial turf, and lighting.
This first section of turf, a rubber infill artificial grass surface, was laid on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 and a full field of green quickly followed. The application of the turf followed the removal of top soil from the west bank of Trent's campus to the east bank. Final landscaping and fencing will be completed in August before the beginning of the academic year.
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For more information, please contact, Bill Byrick at (705) 748-1011 ext. 1252.
2007 U-19 World Field Lacrosse Championships
Hosted by Trent University and Peterborough, Ontario
International Federation of Women's Field Lacrosse Associations. (IFWLA)
Ten countries will be competing, this could grow to twelve.
Countries include: USA, England, Japan, Australia, Wales, Scotland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, New Zealand, Canada.
Over 250 Championship participants, coaches, trainers will be participating (22 per team), and another 250 Canadian athletes will be participating in the Lacrosse festival to open the event.
Approximately (100) one hundred guests, family members, and media will attend.
August 1st- 15th, 2007. The Championships will last (14) fourteen days beginning with the Lacrosse Festival which features (250) two hundred and fifty athletes from across Canada.
Venue: Championship play will take place in the main stadium on the west bank at Trent University. The East bank fields will serve as practice, warm up fields. Seating for a minimum of (1000) one thousand will be available.
Economic Impact: The economic impact will be in excess of $2 Million as athletes, coaches, trainers and families and fans from around the world and across Canada will converge on Peterborough for the 14 day period.
Accommodation: The Trent University residence will be home to the participating athletes and coaches. With officials, media, spectators and family members staying at various locations in Peterborough.
The IFWLA U-19 World Championships are held every four years. The first was held in August 1995 in Haverford PA, next event was hosted in 1999 in Perth Australia, and the last championships returned to the United Sates and were held in Towson MD. (2003). Gold: USA, Silver: Australia, Bronze: Canada.
This is the first time Canada has ever hosted the IFWLA U-19 World Championships.
The IFWLA World Cup was the most recently completed World Lacrosse event, June 23 - July 3, 2005 US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.