The inaugural Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse event in 2007 had eight teams participating. Since that time, the Classic has grown to a capacity slate of nearly 60 teams. Recognized as one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States, lacrosse has seen youth participation grow over 500 percent since 1999 to nearly 250,000. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years and there are now an estimated 200,000 high school players. The high-speed game is also a fan favorite, drawing crowds of as many as 50,000 for NCAA Final Four games.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has hosted a high school lacrosse classic for the past five years. The 2011 event also included a collegiate lacrosse showcase as the teams from Florida State University and the University of Texas met in an evening showdown at Pan Am Stadium.