Charlotte To Be Home to Major League Lacrosse Franchise in 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC – January 22, 2011 - Charlotte, NC will be home to an expansion Major League Lacrosse franchise in 2012, it was announced by MLL Commissioner David Gross. The as yet unnamed franchise is joining the league in conjunction with a Columbus, OH expansion franchise. They will represent the league’s 7th and 8th teams respectively. Both teams will begin play in the spring of 2012.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Charlotte and the Carolinas into the MLL. The sport of lacrosse is growing rapidly in Charlotte and throughout the region. That growth combined with a strong local ownership group and an experienced local sports management team, made Charlotte a prime target for our expansion.“
Senior sports management executive Jim McPhilliamy led the efforts to bring the team to Charlotte and will continue leading the team as it begins assembling its business, team operations and player personnel.
“Charlotte has been my family’s home for 8 years now,” McPhilliamy said, “and we love it. I’m glad to play a part in bringing something as fun and exciting as Major League Lacrosse to town. I hope it contributes in some small way to making Charlotte a better place to live and to raise a family.”
The team is in negotiations on a venue contract that would have them play the majority of their games at Memorial Stadium just outside Uptown Charlotte.
The team has set up a facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/CharlotteMLL) and twitter (@CharlotteMLL). Fans may submit suggestions for team name and colors via the facebook page. Official team website coming soon.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001 and is comprised of six teams located in Boston, Chesapeake, Denver, Hamilton, Long Island and Rochester.
Major League Lacrosse’s 2011 All Star Game will take place on July 9 at Harvard Stadium in Boston. The 2011 MLL Championship Weekend, presented by Warrior, is scheduled for August 27 & 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.
For more information, please visit the Official League website at www.majorleaguelacrosse.com