By Inside Lacrosse/ESPN's Quint Kessenich | 8/12/11 10:00 AM
Major League Lacrosse's Championship Weekend in Annapolis, Md., will be here before you know it. This weekend Long Island and Hamilton duke it out for the final spot and will join the Boston Cannons, Denver Outlaws and Chesapeake Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Here, Quint Kessenich breaks down 10 reasons why you should book a trip to Annapolis for the MLL Championship.
1. Three world-class lacrosse games in two days: Semifinal Saturday on Aug. 27 and the MLL Championship game on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. promise to be the best lacrosse games of the year. The planet's top players fighting for a title.
2. Tempo: MLL's 60-second shot clocks guarantees action unlike the stall festival this year in the NCAA tournament.
3. Tailgating: Enjoy food, beverages and camaraderie in the Navy Marine Corps Stadium parking lot.
4. Annapolis town dock restaurants and bars: There's plenty to choose from here. If you like crabs and seafood your in luck.
5. Annapolis Shopping: Shop until they drop. Bring your wife, mom, girlfriend, or daughter and give them the credit card while you watch lacrosse.
6. The Bud Light Build a Bar: It will be located out in the Fanzone during Championship Weekend, along with all the league sponsors, who will have plenty of giveaways.
7. Friday team practices: The sessions are open to the public at Anne Arundel Community College. Come out and watch, meet and learn from the pros. Player accessibility in MLL is unmatched by any other sport during their finals.
8. Live Music: Local favorite Mad Planet — a rock, reggae and funk group — will be performing in the Fanzone.
9. United States Naval Academy: Take a tour of the USNA, just down the road from where the games are being held.
10. "Body by Jake" hoisting the Steinfeld Trophy: It's big and heavy and the prize everybody is playing for.
Courtesy of Inside Lacrosse and ESPN's Quint Kessenich. Kessenich covers MLL for the ESPN networks. Click here to read the original article at InsideLacrosse.com.
2011 Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend Presented by Warrior
Tickets for the 2011 Sports Authority Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior are available by calling MLL at 617-787-6638 or by clicking here . Lower level sideline weekend packages are just $30.
The semi-finals will take place on Saturday, August 27 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. while the MLL Championship Game will be played on Sunday, August 28 at 3 p.m. All three games will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.