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If I Were A Millionaire

I’m sure at some point or another you have thought about what it would be like to suddenly have millions of dollars. Maybe you’ll inherit a huge cash payout or maybe you’ll win the lottery, but whatever the case may be, I know what I would do…

Being the lax junkie that I am, I would build the one thing that New York needs the most right now. No, not another strip club, or carwash, or strip club/carwash. What I’m suggesting is a lacrosse-specific facility; I’m thinking an outdoor field-turf field adjacent to an indoor facility that rivals the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations, Ontario.

FIELD

Heaven is an indoor facility with no soccer players

Now for those of you who haven’t had the privilege of visiting this lacrosse sanctuary, let me try and explain it to you. It pretty much looks like what I’m sure heaven looks like, because I’m sure that God plays lacrosse. The arena was made JUST FOR LACROSSE. Screw that hockey-rink-converted-to-a-lacrosse-field crap. The floor is 200ft x 85ft surrounded by glass, nets and bleachers. The field itself is concrete with field turf on top. There are a ton of locker rooms and on the upper level is a weight room for training.

I have been a field player all my life until about three years ago when I started playing box. It is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I played one of my first box games on this field and it is easily the BEST facility and field I have ever played on!

This is my dream…I want to own and operate an indoor/outdoor LACROSSE facility that is open all year around. There, lacrosse players can train, improve upon their skills, play, and generate more lax junkies like myself. This would be my gift to the world.

No soccer players allowed!

How would you spend your millions?

About the Author: As well as writing for LaxAllStars, Justin Otto is the President/Co-Owner Top Side Lacrosse, LLC. Justin is excited to be a part of one of the fastest growing lax sites in the US. A native New Yorker, Justin is always working to keep NY lax at the highest level. His blogs are informative and his training company is the best in Westchester.

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6 Comments

  • That sounds pretty heavenly. In my lax heaven I'd still have the lungs of a 17 year old so I'd want an indoor full size outdoor field, heck if it's heaven I want two. One being field turf and the other Bermuda grass taken care of by the best team that ever pampered the fairways at Augusta National. And a sick concession stand in between

  • MILLIONS? like how many millions? haha. give me unlimited resources and I will lax it up to the EXTREME!

    In an only somewhat dream-filled reality I would buy an Armory in NYC. try to find one with subway access nearby and hopefully in an underprivileged neighborhood. That way you can spread the game to new communities and not get floored by $1000/sf land prices.
    Inside the Armory, I would build an indoor field and box field. both field turf of the highest quality.
    If I could modify the roof so that it was retractable, you can bet your @$$ I'd do it. sun light could save on electricity and it would be nice to have an open air arena.
    Build some stands where the lowest rows are still about 10 feet above the floor, right up against the fields. I would also want to build in a second level above the fields. put a bar on the second level with some glass floors and lots of windows so the adults could watch the game from above and enjoy some beverages.
    You couldn't run a bar indoor league in a better place!
    the outdoor field indoors may seem crazy but if you've seen a NYC Armory (or even that one in dirty jerz) you know it is 100% possible.

  • Lax Heaven eh? Eastlake High-School here in the northwest actually comes REALLY close to my ideal – behind the high school are three HUGE grass-turf field lined for lacrosse (amongst other sports) with goals for each. The football stadium and nearby facility are have high concrete walls facing parking lots fencing the fields them selves. It is nearly impossible to lose a ball.

    I would have that, minus other sports, +an indoor facility, +an indoor facility strictly for wall ball. +joenandez cheerleaders.

  • That sounds pretty heavenly. In my lax heaven I'd still have the lungs of a 17 year old so I'd want an indoor full size outdoor field, heck if it's heaven I want two. One being field turf and the other Bermuda grass taken care of by the best team that ever pampered the fairways at Augusta National. And a sick concession stand in between

  • MILLIONS? like how many millions? haha. give me unlimited resources and I will lax it up to the EXTREME!

    In an only somewhat dream-filled reality I would buy an Armory in NYC. try to find one with subway access nearby and hopefully in an underprivileged neighborhood. That way you can spread the game to new communities and not get floored by $1000/sf land prices.
    Inside the Armory, I would build an indoor field and box field. both field turf of the highest quality.
    If I could modify the roof so that it was retractable, you can bet your @$$ I'd do it. sun light could save on electricity and it would be nice to have an open air arena.
    Build some stands where the lowest rows are still about 10 feet above the floor, right up against the fields. I would also want to build in a second level above the fields. put a bar on the second level with some glass floors and lots of windows so the adults could watch the game from above and enjoy some beverages.
    You couldn't run a bar indoor league in a better place!
    the outdoor field indoors may seem crazy but if you've seen a NYC Armory (or even that one in dirty jerz) you know it is 100% possible.

  • Lax Heaven eh? Eastlake High-School here in the northwest actually comes REALLY close to my ideal – behind the high school are three HUGE grass-turf field lined for lacrosse (amongst other sports) with goals for each. The football stadium and nearby facility are have high concrete walls facing parking lots fencing the fields them selves. It is nearly impossible to lose a ball.

    I would have that, minus other sports, +an indoor facility, +an indoor facility strictly for wall ball. +joenandez cheerleaders.

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