PHILADELPHIA – The National Lacrosse League hopes to start its next season in April.
The NLL said Wednesday it is targeting the weekend of April 9-11 to begin play during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The countdown to the NLL’s 35th season begins!
— NLL (@NLL) October 28, 2020
“We have been continuously working with our teams, Players’ Association, arenas, and health and government officials to prepare to play our 35th season. An April start date will give us sufficient time to have our protocols in place for players, coaches, staff as well as fans,” NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said.
“We are working with all teams to provide the safest environment and an acceptable level of fans in the stands. We understand that current circumstances will dictate whether this plan is achievable, and we will be prepared to remain flexible and pivot as needed. We want to thank all our players, fans and partners who have supported our efforts to stay connected and engaged during this prolonged offseason and are looking forward to returning to play in April.”
The season has traditionally started in December or January.
Training camps prior to the league’s 35th season would start in March, with some virtual and some in-person. The league has not announced how many games will be played.
The NLL said it is working on several scenarios to deal with regional and federal restrictions.
The league has five Canadian teams — the Halifax Thunderbirds, Toronto Rock, Saskatchewan Rush, Calgary Roughnecks and Vancouver Warriors — and eight American teams.