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Georgia, USA, Somewhere in Georgia
Who cares anymore.
Probably less than the plane ticket
Whatever

The Minnesota Swarm relocated to Georgia after the 2015 season when this article was originally written. They are now the Georgia Swarm.

First let me rant for a moment. I was trying to do some digging around about the Minnesota Swarm to help introduce them, but I have decided that sports websites are annoying. All they want to tell you about is tickets and stats.

Lacrosse

History

I actually yelled out, “Who will tell me about the Swarm’s history?” I want to learn more about the team. And the sport. I’m glad that Joy wrote about The Creator’s Game last summer so I knew where I can get a little more information.

Here’s a quick lesson if you don’t know what lacrosse is.

Lacrosse was one of many varieties of indigenous stickball games being played by American Indians at the time of European contact. Almost exclusively a male team sport, it is distinguished from the others, such as field hockey or shinny, by the use of a netted racquet with which to pick the ball off the ground, throw, catch and convey it into or past a goal to score a point. The cardinal rule in all varieties of lacrosse was that the ball, with few exceptions, must not be touched with the hands.

U.S. Lacrosse

In the words of one of the medical doctors I used to work with, “Lacrosse is the coolest sport ever. When else do you get to carry around a big stick and use it to whip a ball at other guys?”

Wearing helmets and shorts, grown men carry long crosse sticks and try to score on the opposing team. In 2004, Minnesota joined the ranks of Major League Lacrosse by adopting the Swarm and dubbing the field at Xcel “the Hive.”

Minnesota Swarm Stadium

The Swarm plays at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.


This post was originally written by Gianna Kordatzky on March 13, 2015 as part of a sponsored post by Twin Cities Kids Club. The sponsored portions were time sensitive and are no longer part of this article. Really, the whole article is outdated since we don’t have professional Lacrosse in Minnesota right now, but we’ll keep wishing.  

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