Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game coming to Bonney Field

Major League Lacrosse announced Wednesday that it would hold its 2017 All-Star Game on July 8 at Bonney Field.

“The sport of lacrosse is growing tremendously in Northern California, and this is another opportunity for MLL to showcase the best players in the world in front of passionate lacrosse fans,” Commissioner David Gross said in a prepared statement.

MLL, which began play in 2001, has nine franchises; the defending champion Denver Outlaws is the lone western states team.

Franchises also are located in Boston; Charlotte; Kennesaw, Ga.; Columbus, Ohio; Annapolis, Md.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Hempstead, N.Y. and Rochester, N.Y.

Its season runs from April to August. The league had an average attendance of 4,268 last season with Denver the attendance leader at 9,390.

MLL officials see California as a potential market for expansion.

They note that youth participation in California lacrosse has increased by nearly 4,000 players since the start of 2012. California is one of 14 states with 10,000 or more youth participants.

It will mark the second consecutive year MLL will play its All-Star Game in California. Last year’s event was held in Fullerton.

A two-day youth lacrosse tournament will be held in conjunction with the event at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Elverta.