After 18 Years in Baltimore, US Lacrosse Moves HQ to Sparks

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US Lacrosse moved yesterday from its offices on the JHU campus.
US Lacrosse moved yesterday from its offices on the JHU campus. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

After 18 years in Baltimore City, US Lacrosse moved its national headquarters on Monday to 2 Loveton Circle in the Sparks section of Baltimore County.

The move marks the culmination of a long effort to meet the growing needs of the organization, which was founded in 1998 and had been housed in a building next to Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins University’s campus.

US Lacrosse launched a $15 million capital campaign to fund its new headquarters and has raised more than $14 million. A grand opening will be held in September.

“We’re extremely grateful for the generosity of so many people who have made this dream a reality,” said Steven Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse, in a news release about the move. “The trust they’ve placed in us to develop this great sport is humbling, and we are committed to validating that trust.”

US Lacrosse, a non-profit organization, is the national governing body of men’s, women’s and youth lacrosse. The centerpiece of its project is a three-story, 45,000 square foot structure called the IWLCA Building. It contains office and meeting space for the US Lacrosse staff, the Crum Family Education and Training Center, and locker rooms. A new National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum, featuring the Richie Moran Hall of Fame Gallery, will open to the public at the grand opening in the fall.

The building overlooks William G. Tierney Field, which will be the training home for the U.S. National Teams Program. Tierney Field has a permanent seating area for 500 people and berms around the field that can accommodate additional spectators.

The field has a state-of-the-art artificial turf surface that was installed by GreenFields, a world leader in artificial turf systems. Just above the seating area for Tierney Field is the Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. Promenade. It includes a statue, The Creator’s Game by Jud Hartmann, which was moved from the old US Lacrosse headquarters. The promenade also includes 21 pillars honoring college lacrosse programs from around the country.

The first scheduled event at the facility will be a training weekend on June 4 and 5 for the U.S. Men’s U19 team, in preparation for the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championship in Canada this summer.

US Lacrosse was formed as the result of a merger of eight national lacrosse organizations, most of which were volunteer-run. US Lacrosse continues to rely on the service of volunteers, with more than 300 actively engaged in roles through various committees. In addition, the organization now has more than 80 full-time employees and serves more than 450,000 members nationwide. US Lacrosse also boasts a network of 68 regional chapters that help serve the sport at the grassroots level.

The former headquarters at 113 West University Parkway opened in 1991 as a location for the Lacrosse Foundation, one of the organizations that merged to form US Lacrosse.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
Ed Gunts

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