Major lacrosse tourney attracts teams from around the country to Philadelphia's Northern Countryside

(Bucks County, PA) Returning to Bucks County for the eighth consecutive year, the Patriot Games Lacrosse Tournament will bring approximately 120 teams from 10 different states to the area for a two-day tournament, July 18-19.

2,400 athletes from all over the country, including Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, New York and more will travel to Bucks County for the competitive tournament for boys' ages 8 through 18. New York alone, the primary focus of Visit Bucks County's advertising campaign, will bring approximately 30 teams to the county this weekend.

Nineteen hotels in Bensalem, Langhorne, Warrington, Levittown, and Warminster will provide lodging for athletes, coaches and their families.

What does this all mean? Major economic impact for Bucks County! According to Tourism Economics and Visit Philadelphia (2013 data), visitor spending in Bucks County generates:

$895 million in local economic impact
$122 million in federal, state and local taxes
• Tourism supports 11,670 jobs locally

Organizers continue to bring the tournament back to Bucks County year after year.

"The Patriot Games is widely regarded as a premier tournament in the heart of beautiful Bucks County-a convenient forum at the crossroads of major lacrosse hotbeds, including Maryland, New England, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania," said Scott Growney, co-director of the Patriot Games. "We schedule our brackets so that teams either play a morning or afternoon schedule, which is in contrast to the many tournaments that schedule games all day and force teams to stay on site. We encourage teams to take time to explore the area, including possible day trips, whether to New Hope, Doylestown, Washington Crossing State Park or other Bucks County attractions and towns."

Visit Bucks County and the Bucks County Sports Commission's efforts to attract more tournaments and sports events to the county continue to grow. This past spring, Bucks County welcomed more than 1,000 people to the area for the United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs (USACFC) National Championships and this fall, the county will host the inaugural Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival.

For more information on the Patriot Games and their tournament schedule, please visit All tournaments are free to spectators and open to the public.

Contact: Jessica Lawlor
Communications Manager
Visit Bucks County
215 639 0300 x 227

About the Bucks County Sports Commission

The Bucks County Sports Commission is a division of Visit Bucks County, the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The Sports Commission works to attract sports events and tournaments to the area, increasing overall visitation and generating economic impact for the county.

About Visit Bucks County

Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.