Florida high school lacrosse championships coming to IMG Academy

Boys and girls lacrosse state finals to come to Bradenton in 2014-15

HERALD STAFF REPORTDecember 10, 2013 

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Florida high school lacrosse championships coming to IMG Academy

MANATEE -- High school championship boys and girls lacrosse will be coming to IMG Academy in Bradenton in 2014 and 2015.

The Florida High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday the selection of IMG Academy 5500 34th St. W, as the host venue for the 2014 and 2015 FHSAA Boys and Girls Lacrosse Finals State Championship Tournament.

"We look forward to providing a world-class experience for the teams, coaches and spectators who will converge at IMG Academy for the FHSAA Lacrosse Finals State Championship," said Gary Pluchino, vice president of IMG Performance. "As a campus that truly embraces the spirit of competition, IMG will provide a great stage for the state's best teams to compete on."

The tournament annually features the top four boys and girls teams in the state, drawing several thousand spectators. Bright House Sports Network will produce, air and webcast each game at the finals.

"We are looking forward to bringing our state lacrosse championship to IMG Academy, where participants and their families will be greeted by a state-of-the-art facility, top-notch tournament operations, and great hospitality from the surrounding community" said Roger Dearing, executive director of the FHSAA.

IMG Academy's campus features the state-of-the-art IMG Academy Stadium, which seats 5,000 and boasts a broadcast-ready press box, as well as VIP suites.

The academy is also a finalist for the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, Division II baseball and Division II track and field NCAA championships. The awarding of those games is expected to be announced this week.

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