Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lacrosse tourney means big bucks for Bucks

Youth festival will draw 190 teams from across the country and Canada, and an estimated 10,000 visitors.

Lacrosse tourney means big bucks for Bucks

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The Patriot Games tournament will feature teams from across the country and Canada. (Patriot Games Lacrosse)
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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.

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Admission to the games is free. For information about the tournament, go to www.patriotgameslax.com.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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