NAIA Chooses Pensacola as Home for Men’s Lacrosse Invitational

August 19, 2021

Invitational to move to Florida for 2022 & 2023

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Tuesday that Pensacola Sports in Pensacola, Fla., has won the bid to become the host of the 2022 and 2023 NAIA Men’s Lacrosse National Invitational.

Beginning with the coming spring, NAIA Men’s Lacrosse will crown a champion at Ashton Brosnaham Athletic Park, whom currently fields the Gulf Coast Texans Soccer Club.

“The gulf coast area has been a home to several of our championships over the years, and we are happy to be returning there to crown an invitational champion in men’s lacrosse,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “After careful review of all of the bids, Pensacola Sports stood out and we are looking forward to working with them for the next two years.”

The NAIA Men’s Lacrosse National Invitational is an eight-team, single elimination tournament spanning the course of four days. The 2022 invitational is scheduled for May 11-14.

“We are excited to welcome the NAIA to Pensacola and create a memorable championship experience for all,” said Pensacola Sports President/CEO Ray Palmer. “Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in Pensacola and in the country! We look forward to bringing this collegiate level championship to all of the fans in the area.”



The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. NAIA members provide more than 77,000 student-athletes with opportunities to play college sports, earn $800 million in scholarships and compete in 27 national championships. naia.org | @NAIA

About the Pensacola Sports

Pensacola Sports is one of the oldest sports commissions in the United States, beginning in 1954. Today, Pensacola Sports manages and assists in numerous events a year throughout the Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa county areas. Pensacola Sports is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, health, wellbeing and economic development of Pensacola and surrounding regions through sports and recreation.