ANNAPOLIS — For the next week the face off between coronavirus and professional sports will be surrounded by a “bubble” in Annapolis.
Major League Lacrosse is holding their season at the Naval Academy.
18 games - with no fans in the stands.
“They can either be in their hotel, in the eating environments that are basically all set up for them in their room or in their venue where they are actually playing,” said Mark Burdett. “Those are really kind of their 3 worlds.”
Burdett is the Major League Lacrosse Chief Revenue Officer.
Professional athletes get hungry and landing the deal to feed all of them over the course of their short season is a big economic boost for Made in Market Catering
“We’re serving 900 meals over the period of time so that’s employing a lot of people and that’s really important,” Burdett said. “There’s over 40 people working at Navy Marine Corps Stadium that wouldn’t be working otherwise so that’s a great opportunity for people to obviously earn a wage. “
There’s also transportation and over 2,000 rooms filled at the Westin Hotel.
“They are doing an awesome job of splitting everybody up. Since I’ve been I’ve just seen my team,” said Colin Heacock a Chesapeake Bayhawks All Star Attack. “I guess they have everybody at different time slots and making sure everybody is going their separate ways.”
Not the ideal situation for anyone— but making it work and bringing in roughly a million dollars to the local economy.
The Hometown team, the Chesapeake Bayhawks are the defending champions.
The tournament will air on ESPN’s family of networks starting at 1 pm.