Machine Launch Party at Columbus Commons

5/14/12 12:00 AM

Machine Launch Party at Columbus Commons



Event to Feature Four Food Trucks, Live Music from Earwig, Ohio Machine Lacrosse Players, Special VIPs and World Record Attempt.


COLUMBUS(May 14, 2012) – The Ohio Machine, Ohio’s newest professional sports team and first Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team, 200Columbus, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission and Experience Columbus are hosting the Ohio Machine “Lacrosse Launch Party” on Wednesday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Columbus Commons to celebrate the start of the Machine’s 2012 inaugural season.

The event will include four food trucks offering local delights for purchase on the lawn, including: Cheesy Truck, Hungry Monkey, Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Tatoheads.  Live music will be performed during lunch and the game by 200Columbus Song Contest contestant Earwig in the new Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion at Columbus Commons.

Some of the best lacrosse players in the world from the Ohio Machine players including MLL All-Star and Brown University alum Chazz Woodson, MLL All-Star and Upper Arlington High School alum Brett Hughes and Connor Martin, the only Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association player to see field time in the MLL, will be available for autographs and provide exclusive lacrosse demonstrations and tricks on Lawns 1 and 2 of Columbus Commons.  Lacrosse players from many of the area’s colleges and club teams have also been invited to participate.

A short program will take place before the game with remarks from City of Columbus Council Member Zach Klein, 200Columbus the Bicentennial Program Manager Jamie Green and Ohio Machine President and General Manager John AlgieMike Todd will emcee the event and other VIPs attending will include Columbus Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk andDerek Grosso, President & CEO of the Columbus Young Professionals Club.

At approximately 12:45 p.m. the Machine, 200Columbus, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Experience Columbus and event attendees will attempt to set the world record for the largest lacrosse game played with “200” total players. There will be four shifts of two teams consisting of 25 players on each team, with the shift lasting approximately five minutes.

Participants who bring their own lacrosse stick can preregister at and receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Ohio Machine’s home opener on Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 p.m. against the Rochester Rattlers at Ohio Wesleyan’s historic Selby Stadium. Each of the 200 participants in the game will also receive a Bicentennial T-shirt from the team.

Ohio Machine season tickets at only $100 and mini-plans at $45, as well as single-game tickets at $18, are now on sale by calling the Machine at (614) 754-1973 or visiting


About the Ohio Machine:

The Ohio Machine, the men’s professional lacrosse team based in Columbus, OH, has begun its inaugural season in Major League Lacrosse and will play its home games at historic Selby Stadium starting on May 19. All Machine games broadcast on SportsTime Ohio and CBS Sports Network. The 2012 MLL season will run from April 28 to August 12 with the 2012 Sports Authority MLL All-Star Game on June 30 and the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior on August 25 and 26. For more information on the Ohio Machine, visit, or follow the team on Facebook and Twitter: @MachineMLL.

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