I live about 15 minutes away, too. I was surprised that it was an all-day lacrosse affair with our game, Stanford vs. Duke (women) and several local teams.
Previously, it had been held at SMU. Last year, Denver played Penn State. 2015, it was Albany and Cornell.
Since this was the first year at The Star, it wouldn't surprise me if the Cowboys had some influence, hoping for a draw. I think they did pretty well when our football team played at their big stadium.
also, Gerry Byrne runs a camp in Texas every year.
Weather. Keep in mind, this game is being played on President's Day Weekend. Likely horrible weather in ND. Dallas is not a guarantee of great weather that time of year either, but certainly a better possibility than ND.
Throw in the fact that ND is a consistent Top 5/10 program, whereas Georgetown is often a bubble NCAA tourney team, and there's certainly a possibility that bad weather could close the talent gap for that game.
Sunny, blue skies, about 60 degrees. Very bizarre.
Obviously, nobody can know that in advance. It will probably be snowing next weekend when we play UM.
we have played neutral site games in places that are not traditional lacrosse hotbeds. I think this does a couple of things:
1. builds our brand in areas where lacrosse is growing, and
2. helps build lacrosse overall
Kevin Corrigan is an interesting guy ( i mean that in a good way)who cares about things in addition to just wins and losses.
I look forward to seeing them play and gaining a better appreciation for the game. It will be interesting to see what kind of a crowd attends. Probably some ND fans and area lacrosse junkies (if there are many) - hard to compete with football down here.
We had pretty good representation. I was surprised by how many Georgetown fans there were.
My favorite part was watching a young girl who plays soccer locally and her family chatting with the parents of one of the Stanford women. It really seemed to make the young girl's day.
They are trying to grow the game. UVa played in San Francisco during Fall Practice a couple of years ago. The ACC tournament was held at Disney World one year. This year we are scheduled to play Cornell in Costa Mesa, CA on March 11.
i think that has informally become an every other year thing
Against Georgetown in Atlanta (also the site of last year's ACC Tournament) and Maryland in Costa Mesa, CA. ND also played in Costa Mesa against Denver in 2014. When we were in the Big East, we played in the Meadowlands against Syracuse in 2013 and St. John's in 2012. And in 2011, we opened with a win over Duke at the Jaguars' stadium in Jacksonville.