Lacrosse players, like the gladiators of ancient Rome, consider wearing a helmet to be common sense but wearing a formal toga to be a strategic disadvantage. Give a thumbs up to modern sportsmanship with this GrouponLive deal to see the Charlotte Hounds play the Boston Cannons in a Major League Lacrosse matchup at American Legion Memorial Stadium. For $10, you get two tickets for general admission to Purple Ribbon upper-level seating on Saturday, June 16, at 7 p.m. (a $20 value). Parking lots open for tailgating at 3 p.m., and the stadium gates open at 6 p.m.
The expansion Charlotte Hounds charge into their inaugural season led by a vanguard of veteran talent and youthful potential. Thus far in the young 2012 season, rookie midfielder Josh Amidon has earned MLL Offensive Player of the Week honors, and perennial all-star Stephen Berger has positioned himself among the league’s leading scorers with 21 points. Rather than taking the season off to compose poetry to his 2011 Rookie of the Year trophy, attack man Jeremy Boltus has pitched in eight goals and six assists in the first five games. For the team’s June 16 tilt, they’ll take on the defending champion Boston Cannons and reigning MVP Paul Rabil as they battle for bragging rights and the affections of victory-dance choreographers across the Eastern seaboard.
Fans can watch the action and discuss why the Atlantic calls lacrosse the “fastest growing team sport in America” from their seats within American Legion Memorial Stadium. Constructed in 1936—the same year Congress lifted its ban on unpasteurized lacrosse balls—the stadium augments its rich history with modern amenities such as the Bud Light Zone, which overlooks the field. Concession stands dole out snacks in exchange for tokens, which can be purchased at the stadium with cash or swindled from an arcade-dwelling leprechaun.