By TJ Millman
Since its inception, DE Turf in Frederica has been host to all types of tournaments. Field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and flag football are just some of the sports played there. Their top notch facilities, including 12 turf fields, drew national attention this past week as DE Turf was chosen to host the 2018 US Lacrosse Nationals.
The tournament is set for August 2-5 and will feature the nation’s top athletes for 14U, 13U, and 12U for both boys and girls. This is the 10th year for the US Lacrosse Nationals, Powered by NXT, and is an important year for the tournament.
“It’s a milestone year for our signature youth event, and to be able to celebrate that at state-of-the-art DE Turf will make it all the more special for the participating teams and families,” Kim Rogers, director of events at US Lacrosse said in their press release earlier this week.
Teams qualify for the tournament based off of a point system that will be new this year. Teams will gain points based on where they finish in predetermined tournaments chosen by US Lacrosse. This is not only to ensure that the best teams are chosen, but also to help promote tournaments that US Lacrosse deems as safe and properly managed for all athletes.
In addition to their 12 turf fields, 5 of which are equipped with lights, DE Turf has 3 concession stands, public wifi, and a championship stadium that can seat up to 750 spectators.
“We are thrilled to host the 2018 US Lacrosse Nationals, Powered by NXT, at DE Turf,” Chris Giacomucci, executive director of DE Turf, said in the US Lacrosse press release. “We look forward to providing a first-class experience at our world-class facility.”
The tournament will also bring a large amount of business to nearby cities, Milford and Dover. Large crowds attend US Lacrosse Nationals each year for the talent, but also the experience. The tournament draws all types of top lacrosse vendors, recruits, and will even have appearances from Team USA lacrosse players.
Milford native Jordan Fitzgerald is a summer-time server at Meding’s Seafood, right across the street from DE Turf, and said she notices a bump in business whenever tournaments are going on. “We definitely have people come over to eat after games. Sometimes it’s a family and sometimes it’s a team, but either way we fill up inside. The traffic isn’t too bad, but it will definitely be better once the construction is done,” Fitzgerald said.
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