|BOSTON (January 30, 2014) – Major League Lacrosse, the premier outdoor lacrosse league, announced today that the Florida Launch will call FAU Stadium its home for the 2014 season. The MLL’s newest team will play all of its seven home games at the venue, bringing professional lacrosse back to FAU after two successful events in 2012 and 2013.
“We are pleased to have the Launch play at FAU Stadium,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “MLL has hosted some successful events there and the facility is a perfect fit for the team’s inaugural season.”
MLL took the 2012 All-Star Game to FAU Stadium and the overwhelming success of the event prompted the league to return in 2013 with a regular season match between Hamilton and Rochester last June. Both events were designed to explore the viability of an MLL club in South Florida and the Launch was announced as a new team last November.
Season tickets for the inaugural season are now on sale and include all seven home games, as well as a 2014 playoff game, if hosted. The Launch’s 2014 season tickets start at $172 for West Reserved Section and $212 for West Premier Section. The Launch is also offering the Sideline Launch Club, an exclusive on-field section of season tickets, for $412 per seat with only 120 seats available. Season tickets can be reserved online HERE, or by emailing inquiries totickets@floridalaunchlacrosse.
“Lacrosse is growing like wildfire here in the state of Florida,” said Launch Head Coach Stan Ross. “And with growth like that, FAU is a perfect location for our team to play where fans from all over central and south Florida can reach us easily. We are excited to start playing the top level of lacrosse in the country at FAU in only a few short months.”
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission, a not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination, has been instrumental in bringing the team to FAU having supported the previous MLL events in the area.
“The expansion of Major League Lacrosse into Palm Beach County is a momentous occasion for our destination,” said Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director George Linley. “The relationship between MLL and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission has been dynamic. Working together to bring the MLL All Star game to FAU Stadium and Palm Beach County in June of 2012 is still paying dividends. Bringing the Florida Launch to our community solidifies Palm Beach County as one of the premier sports destinations in the United States. Lacrosse is the fastest growing participatory sport in Florida. The presence of Major League Lacrosse will encourage further growth and be a vehicle to bring more lacrosse events to our community. We are excited to expand our partnership with Major League Lacrosse.”
“On behalf of Florida Atlantic University, I am excited to have Major League Lacrosse in our stadium,” said Director of Athletics Patrick Chun FAU. “Lacrosse is a thriving sport in South Florida. Our community will rally behind our home team the Florida Launch.”
The Launch currently has 35 players on its 2014 roster and will add five more players before the start of 2014 Training Camp, which begins in early April. The Launch will begin play at FAU Stadium onSaturday, April 26, hosting the 2013 regular-season-undefeated Denver Outlaws. For more information about the Florida Launch visit www.floridalaunchlacrosse.com.
Florida Launch Home Schedule
|About FAU Stadium
FAU Stadium, home to FAU’s football team, opened in October 2011. It seats more than 29,000 fans and has hosted a number of high-profile sporting events. The stadium has VIP loge seats, 24 suites, with the suites and press box allowing for a view of the Atlantic Ocean, the only stadium in the nation that can make that claim. FAU Stadium has the versatility to host a number of major sporting events. Most recently, the stadium was selected to host the US Women’s National Soccer Team in a match against the Russian National team, as well as the 2014 NCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship. The Boca Raton Bowl, a nationally televised bowl game created by ESPN, will be played at FAU Stadium in December 2014.
About Palm Beach Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the county, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season) and maximizes utilization of county facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that supports its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com
About Florida Launch
The Florida Launch, Florida’s first Major League Lacrosse team led by Head Coach Stan Ross, was founded in 2013 and begins its 2014 inaugural season on Saturday, April 26, at Florida Atlantic University Stadium. The 2014 MLL regular season runs from April 26 to August 9 with the 2014 MLL Championship August 23. For more information on the Florida Launch, visitwww.floridalaunchlacrosse.com, or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse League, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June 2001 and will embark on its fourteenth season. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: The Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers. More information about the league can be found at www.majorleaguelacrosse.com