The Florida High School Athletic Association announced Friday that Kissimmee’s Austin-Tindall Sports Complex has been chosen to host the 2020 state’s lacrosse tournament May 8-9.
This is a one-year deal between the state, the facility and the Kissimmee Sports Commission, the sports marketing arm of Experience Kissimmee. It is the first state tournament the multi-purpose and recently-expanded complex the Boggy Creek Road complex will host.
“We are once again excited to partner with Kissimmee Sports to host another state championship event in Osceola County,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said in a press release. “Together with Kissimmee Sports, the Austin-Tindall Sports Complex and its’ staff have a proven track record for hosting events. With the recent addition of their new stadium field, this event is sure to be enjoyed by all who participate and attend.”
In Osceola County, Celebration has played the sport alone, winning three consecutive district titles. Tohopekaliga High, just a mile down the road from Austin-Tindall, will add it this year.
With the increase in lacrosse teams around the state, the sport goes from one class to two this year, meaning 16 teams total (girls and boys) will compete for a state title here.
The semifinal matchups will be conducted on May 8 across the complex’s nine tournament fields, while the four championship games on May 9 will be played on its two-year old stadium field.
Austin-Tindall hosts and has hosted state and national-level tournaments in many events — soccer, football (tackle and flag), paintball (it’s coming next week) and even Quidditch, the broom-and-ball game from the Harry Potter series.
“It fits in the wheelhouse of what we can do, and it’s a one-year deal so we can try it out and see how it works,” said Austin-Tindall Sports Park Facility Manager Jeff Kuenzli. “We’re excited, it gives us another opportunity to showcase our stadium field. We plan to do some special things with the scoreboard and how we set up the stadium.”
Osceola County is the current host of the FHSAA team duals (Osceola High School) and individual bracket wrestling tournaments (Silver Spurs Arena). The Spurs has also hosted the state volleyball tournament, and Kissimmee Civic Center has hosted the girls and boys weightlifting tournaments.