This year's Division I, II and III championships drew a total of 79,179 fans to Lincoln Financial Field. That's about 46 percent fewer fans than attended the 2007 Championship Weekend, which set a record for the sport by drawing 146,003 to M&T Bank Stadium. In August, the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association issued a paper in which it suggested ways to boost the flagging attendance.
The state of Maryland had announced its intention to bid for the 2015-2018 championships, and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (about 34,000 seats) in Annapolis and Byrd Stadium (54,000) in College Park seemed to be logical matches.
"We've had our most successful championship in Baltimore," Anthony Holman, the NCAA championship administrator for Division I men's lacrosse, said in August. "So I think everybody feels that is a premier venue. The city, the Ravens organization, the entire community has done really well for our championship, and anytime they put in a bid, they're a likely and viable candidate."