World Championships take place September 18-27 in Syracuse & Onondaga Nation
Published August 21, 2015
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK– Lacrosse is coming home.
For the first time ever, the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) will hold the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (WILC) at the home of the game: The Onondaga Nation, capital of the Iroquois Confederacy. Honeysweet Productions, Executive Producer of WILC has announced today an exclusive partnership for its games to be televised on Universal Sports Network. Four games will be televised on Universal Sports including live coverage of the Gold Medal Championship Game on Sunday, September 27 at 4 p.m. ET.
The Championships will be played September 18-27th at four venues in and around the Syracuse area: Opening Ceremonies and first tournament games at the War Memorial Arena; Tournament games as well as Cultural Festivals and Activities at Onondaga Nation Arena and the Village Pavilion; and Closing Ceremonies and Bronze & Gold Medal Games at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on Sunday, September 27th.
“We are thrilled to partner with Universal Sports Network,” said FIL President Stan Cockerton. “We are confident that all Lacrosse fans will be able to enjoy these World Championships, whether in person or on Universal Sports Network.” “The growth and popularity of lacrosse is expanding at an increasing rate,” said Robert James, Universal Sports’ senior vice president of content and communications. “Our partnership with the FIL will tap into their incredible fan base to deliver the World Championships to a nationwide audience bringing more exposure to the sport.”
The World Indoor Lacrosse Championships is a significant milestone –the Haudenosaunee, will step onto the world stage and carry their flag, exercise the sovereignty of indigenous nations, share their culture, field their national team, welcome guest nations and proudly host the game of their ancestors. Thirteen Nations from around the world will journey to Onondaga to compete. The eyes of the world and all of Indian Country will descend on the Onondaga Nation in Upstate New York this September. “It will be our pleasure and our honor to have the game come home. Lacrosse is coming home in 2015,” said Oren Lyons of the Onondaga Nation. The FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is an international tournament that is held every four years.
The 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships were held in Prague, Czech Republic. The defending World Champions are Canada, with the Iroquois Nationals finishing second and the United States finishing third. These nations will compete again in 2015 alongside Australia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.
The start of the 2015 Games will commence at the War Memorial in downtown Syracuse, with a spectacular Opening Ceremony and Game on September 18th. The traditional round‐robin tournament play will continue for a week at the Onondaga Nation Arena. The medal games will take place at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome, with a capacity of 28,000 seats for Lacrosse fans from all over North America and the World.
Lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in North America. The original game was given as a gift from the Creator to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). The power of the game is sacred and it demands purity of mind, body and spirit. It is revered by the Haudenosaunee and handed down through generations as a game of discipline and honor.
Traditional lacrosse games were sometimes major events that could last several days. As many as 100 to 1,000 men from opposing villages would participate. Lacrosse is not just a sport to the Haudenosaunee, it is believed that when they play their “medicine game,” “there is a parallel game in the sky world…” honoring and protecting their Nations’ values, traditions and way of life. International visitors, dignitaries, lacrosse fans and all of Indian Country will travel to upstate New York to support their teams. The Iroquois Nationals will proudly carry their Nations’ flag, colors and sticks into International competition. Lacrosse…is coming home.