In front of 7,543 people at The Star’s Ford Center in Frisco, Major League Lacrosse took center stage Saturday night.
Attendees young and old, and several with lacrosse sticks, filled the lower bowl above the teams’ benches to watch what would end in an Ohio Machine victory over the Denver Outlaws, 17-12.
Some of those fans — the younger ones — got to take the field themselves in a halftime exhibition game.
The Machine scored seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to seal what was otherwise a closely matched, back-and-forth game. Denver had led 7-6 at the half and went on a 3-0 run to make it 10-6 in the third quarter. But after retaking the lead, the Machine never looked back.
The final result was a flip from last season’s end in Atlanta, when the Outlaws beat the Machine by one, the final goal coming with 13 seconds left in the game.
Hundreds stayed after the game, crowding the front rows with their arms outstretched, hoping their screams for an autograph would catch the players’ attention.
"They get to see some of the guys play that they see on TV," said Armagan Cakir, a coach for the Chaos Lacrosse 2025 club team.
Saturday’s game was an opportunity for league officials to see how the sport would be received in Dallas. MLL Commissioner David Gross has said the league’s been eyeing North Texas, and he has called The Star a perfect venue for lacrosse.
Dallas could have a team as early as 2018’s season opener in April. Nothing has yet been made official.