PaulBurke Sports Section Editor
Lacrosse has been growing exponentially the past decade at the high school, youth and collegiate levels in the metro Atlanta area. This growth has been noticed by the Nation’s premier professional league, the MLL, and in April 2016 the MLL will expand into Atlanta with its newest franchise, the Atlanta Blaze. The Atlanta Blaze will be one of 10 franchises in the league, competing against teams like the Denver Outlaws and the Long Island Lizards.
The previous two MLL championships have been hosted at Kennesaw University’s 5th Third Bank Stadium, an 8,000-seat outdoor field, and have exceeded the expectations of the league confirming Atlanta’s desire for lacrosse at the professional level. That desire for professional lacrosse is largely from their youth following: the youth that have grown the sport into what it is today. Students here at Chattahoochee are no different and lacrosse is sure to become a successful spectator sport.
As Professional Lacrosse expands, so does high school lacrosse. Chattahoochee’s lacrosse program has been one of the most popular among students and athletes. The new Blaze team, while adding interest to the professional level, will indirectly add interest to the high school teams, and come 2017, Chattahoochee Lacrosse can expect to see a spike in participation. This expansion of lacrosse, while greeted with open arms, is not a surprise. Lacrosse is the nation’s next big sport and the Atlanta Blaze is confirming every statistic regarding the expansion of the fastest game on two feet.