Reaction on Baltimore hosting 2014 Final Four

In announcing the news that Baltimore would host the 2014 NCAA men’s lacrosse championships, the Ravens also included reaction from several representatives who helped Baltimore serve as a host.

Here they are:

"I’m thrilled that the NCAA will return to Baltimore, the cradle of lacrosse, for the 2014 Men's Championship Tournament," said Gov. Martin O’Malley. "This event belongs here, and we're happy to welcome it back next year and in 2014. Baltimore has clearly demonstrated it is the ideal place for all things lacrosse. The location is central for the majority of teams and followers of the sport, and the fan experiences at Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor make it the ideal choice for families on Memorial Day weekend."

"With a deep historic connection to the sport, as well as a strong, loyal fan base, Baltimore is a natural host for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships," said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "We are very pleased to be named the host for the 2014 finals, and I look forward to welcoming thousands of lacrosse fans to our great city."

"The Maryland Stadium Authority is pleased to be a part of the dynamic partnership that continues to bring high profile, well-attended events to Camden Yards," said John Morton III, who chairs the Maryland Stadium Authority. "Together with the Ravens, the City of Baltimore and the Office of Sports Marketing, we’ve been very successful in our bids. These activities provide significant return on our investment by generating revenue from visitors while providing additional entertainment opportunities for our residents."

"Today is a great day for lacrosse in Maryland!" said Terry Hasseltine, director of Maryland’s Office of Sports Marketing. "The NCAA’s announcement highlights Maryland’s commitment to the game of lacrosse. We put a lot of sweat equity into our support for the game, and the NCAA recognized our efforts by awarding us the 2014 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships. With today’s announcement, Baltimore, Maryland is already positioned to deliver a first-class event in May 2011, but starting today, we can build on our strategies long-term."

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