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Lacrosse in 2008; Hockey? Not yet

Published April 19, 2007



Two kinds of sports went hat in hand before the county's top tourism officials Wednesday, and one walked out with a shot at bringing a national tournament to Pasco County.

Supporters of the proposed lacrosse deal secured a $15,000 grant to host the tournament.

But the Pasco Tourism Development Council didn't jump just yet at a $10-million, three-rink ice hockey stadium proposed for Land O'Lakes.

The lacrosse event, the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, draws 40 teams from 25 high school lacrosse tournaments from across the United States and Canada, said Mark Schneider, a volunteer with the Wesley Chapel Athletic Association who made the pitch to the council.

The tournament is scheduled for the first week of 2008.

Lacrosse, long a staple sport in the Northeast, is a rising star among participatory athletics. The number of Florida high schools that offer the sport nearly doubled from 2001 to 2004, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Hockey and ice skating didn't fare as well. The council made no decision on a proposed ice rink at U.S. 41 and Tower Road. A group of hockey enthusiasts and businessmen wants to build three rinks over 115,000 square feet with as many as 4,000 seats and two stories.

[Last modified April 19, 2007, 01:46:28]

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