Iroquois Nationals to Host 2015 World Indoor Championship

"We are pleased that the Federation of International Lacrosse selected the Iroquois Nationals to host this prestigious event," said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. "The Onondaga Nation is an integral part of our community and we welcome the opportunity to show people from all over the world what Central New York has to offer."

The Federation of International Lacrosse was established in August 2008 in a merger of both the men's and women's international lacrosse associations. FIL is responsible for the Men's World Championship, World Indoor Championship, Women's World Cup, and both the Men's and Women's Under-19 World Championships. All of these events take place every four years.

First Niagara Center is Western New York's premier sports and entertainment facility. Primarily known as the home of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres, First Niagara Center is a state of the-art venue that was designed with all kinds of live entertainment in mind. First Niagara Center hosts the best concerts, ice shows, sporting events, and family shows entertaining audiences of all ages. Since the grand opening on September 21, 1996, more than 11 million people have attended the wide variety of events held at First Niagara Center. The venue is also home to the National Lacrosse League's Buffalo Bandits, and has hosted national profile events such as the 1999 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds, the NCAA "Frozen Four" Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship and much more. First Niagara Center also hosted the 2011 IIHF Under 20 World Junior Championship in December 2010.

The Tsha'Hon'nonyen'dakhwa' Onondaga Nation Arena is a state of the art 3,000 seat hockey and lacrosse arena located conveniently off I-81, minutes from downtown Syracuse. The arena was built in 2001 at a cost of over $6 million. It serves as the home rink for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch for annual exhibition games, as well as the Onondaga Nation Cultural Festival, concerts, and hockey and lacrosse tournaments. Ten different lacrosse teams call the building home, varying in age from the Senior and Masters Onondaga Redhawks down to 3-6-year-olds.

Tickets for the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship will go on sale at a later date. For more information regarding the event, or to register for the ticket priority list, visit the official event web site at www.wilc2015.com.

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2012-09-05



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