This weekend promises to be a big one for the Ohio Machine, and for reasons other than the typical on-field variety.
For starters, the team, which is set to host the Charlotte Hounds Saturday at Selby Stadium (game time is 7 p.m.), will attempt the first ever zero-waste lacrosse game in Major League Lacrosse history — something the whole community will have to help make happen.
The goal is for 90 percent of the waste from game-day events to be recycled or composted. Companies pledging to help the Machine achieve the goal include Big Green Head, Friction Metals, Ohio’s By-Product Synergy Group and Price Farms.
Another major event coupled with Saturday’s showdown is the inaugural Ohio Machine Team Esteem Tournament presented by Donatos — a showcase aimed to address the need for more youth girls lacrosse tournaments in the Midwest. This year’s inaugural tourney will feature six teams.
The Cincy Queens and Cap City post-collegiate women’s club teams will be on hand throughout the day, too, demonstrating teamwork and leadership before taking the field for an exhibition game prior to the Machine’s battle with the Hounds.
For more information about the Machine’s inaugural Team Esteem Tournament, please visit www.theohiomachine.com. Single game tickets for Saturday’s game against Charlotte start at $12 and can be purchased by calling 614-754-1973 or visiting www.theohiomachine.com/tickets.
Theohiomachine.com contributed to this report.