2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship head to LEC
Langley Events Centre (LEC) is no stranger to hosting large-scale provincial, national and international events. But the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships will mark the facility’s largest-ever event.
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) announced LEC as the host venue at the closing ceremonies of the 2015 WILC, which were held on the Onondaga Nation in New York. Canada won that event and has taken gold at all four previous World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. The 2019 championships are scheduled for Sept. 18 to 29, 2019.
“On behalf of the Canadian Lacrosse Association and its members across Canada, I would like to thank the FIL for awarding this event to Canada,” stated Joey Harris, President, Canadian Lacrosse Association. “Hosting an international event such as this will have a positive impact on the growth of our sport and will give us the opportunity to showcase our national team program on home soil. We look forward to welcoming the global lacrosse community to beautiful British Columbia and showcasing Canada’s summer national sport to the world.”
The 2019 event will mark the third time the box lacrosse World Championship will be contested on Canadian soil, but the first time the international event will take place on the west coast. The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA), along with some remarkable local host organizations, previously hosted the 2003 event in southern Ontario and the 2007 event in Halifax.
“The Township of Langley is thrilled to be hosting this prestigious international competition at Langley Events Centre in 2019. Our community is a sports town and we welcome the opportunity to experience lacrosse at this level,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese.
“The World Indoor Lacrosse Championships will be a wonderful chance for fans in Langley and throughout the region to experience the skill, focus, teamwork, and breathtaking pace that lacrosse is known for, at a global level.”
“The Langley Events Centre is the ideal venue for this event, and we are pleased the Federation of International Lacrosse has chosen this exceptional facility to spotlight teams from around the world.”
While this is the third time Canada has hosted the WILC, it marks the first time the championships will be played on the West Coast.
“We are extremely excited to be bringing this world-class event to our facility in 2019 and welcoming an unprecedented number of international teams from around the world,” said Rita Rogers, Associate Director, Event Development and Coordination at Langley Events Centre.
“We look forward to working with our partners, the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the BC Lacrosse Association, in helping put on a terrific event.”
Thirteen teams competed in the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships held on the Onondaga Nation, including six new nations (Finland, Germany, Israel, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey), as well as mainstays Canada, the United States, Iroquois Nationals, England, Australia, Czech Republic and Ireland.