If Bucks County seems more crowded than usual this weekend, it’s because the 5th annual Patriot Games youth lacrosse tournament is in town.
The tournament will feature 190 teams from across the country and Canada, drawing about 10,000 visitors to the county. That translates to $1.5 million spent in hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions, the county tourism bureau says.
The games for players ages 11 through high school age will be Saturday and Sunday at New Hope-Solebury High School on West Bridge Street in New Hope; the Herbst Sports Complex in Plumstead Township; and Palisades School District fields in Kintnersville.
Bucks is a convenient spot for teams from lacrosse hotbeds such as other parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and New England. The tournament also draws teams from California, Washington, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Florida, plus Canada.
Admission to the games is free. For information about the tournament, go to www.patriotgameslax.com.