The LXM Pro Tour is coming to Salt Lake City! Well, we all wish anyways. However, on December 3rd the tour is taking over Las Vegas. For those that don’t know what the LXM Pro Tour is; the tour basically comes to town for a weekend event. Teams from the youth, middle school, high school levels and “elite” teams all play the first day. If there are not enough games the professional and college players there can put on clinics. The second day there is usually a college game followed by a professional game. Players for the pro teams include guys like Kyle Harrison, Brett Hughes, Shamel Bratton, Sean Morris and Alex Hewit, and Mike Powell. Reviews I have read say they were impressed at the level these guys play.
I have recently been asked what I thought the LXM Pro tour would look like if it came to Utah. Here is what I envision. The ULA runs a great youth tournament which brings teams from all over the country so I would integrate the LXM Pro event with Ski Town. The Ski Town tournament attracts thousands of players and their family to Park City and the LXM Pro Tour might bring more of those people who don’t have a player in the tournament. Exposure would increase for both events. Winning.
Saturday, the youth games would end a little early so there could be a small college tournament. Utah, Utah State, Westminster, UVU, and BYU could all play a couple short exhibition games. After that everyone would head over the Dozier Field for the Professional game. After the game, all things being perfect, a concert/ party would be held on Dozier Field. A stage would quickly be built and DJs would keep things bumpin’ all night.
For the past few tour stops each LXM Pro team gets customer gear. The gear generally has a focus, some thing like local pro teams or even just the local area. I know that I am more old school when it comes to uniforms (old school Syracuse, or clean basic North Carolina uniforms are my favorite) so I would envision one team wearing a clean all white look. On the jersey and shorts there might be a light snowflake pattern or something. On the dark side you could go with a desert theme. Maybe a mix of dark red and orange camouflage look. You can check out gear the teams have worn on insidelacrosse.com. There are a few other themes of course – Utah Jazz vs Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake Bees vs Utah Grizzlies; Skiers vs Snowboarders; there are many more but I don’t want to offend anyone.
I could see this event being very successful for lacrosse in Utah. I know it probably won’t happen in the near future but it would be cool. What are your thoughts? What kind of match-ups would you like to see? Where else could the even be held? I know it’s just hypothetical, but the only thing going on is winter league and being a high school coach I can’t go watch. If you have a topic you would like me to look into or share my thoughts about, comment on this or send me an email.