Pro lacrosse fans are getting even more professional lacrosse this July as Major League Lacrosse announces it will kick off its 20th anniversary season on July 18.
The season will be one-week long and see all six MLL teams play entirely in the city of Annapolis, Maryland. The week will conclude with a final four playoff, crowning the 2020 MLL champion the weekend of July 25-26.
Games will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the home of the six-time MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks. While fans will not be able to attend games onsite, the league announced that games will air on the ESPN networks and ESPN+.
“Lacrosse fans missed their spring seasons and are now eager and excited to see a return of the game this summer,” MLL Commissioner Alexander Brown said. “While celebrating what will be our 20th anniversary season, MLL has great respect for the responsibility that comes with returning to the field. We have been working closely with our local, state, and national health officials to make decisions based on the latest medical and public health advice available. We look forward to returning to Annapolis and again providing the very best our sport has to offer.”
To mitigate risk of COVID-19 exposure, MLL, under the guidance of a team of medical professionals from all six MLL markets, stated it has developed a comprehensive strategy to ensure the health and safety of the players, staff and all personnel onsite for the 2020 season. A COVID Safety Protocol Officer will oversee the adherence and execution of the safety plan. MLL partner Cascade will also offer players access to their newly developed Face Shield, a completely clear, physical barrier designed specifically for SEI-Certified Cascade Helmets.
“The Bayhawks have been the pinnacle of lacrosse in Maryland, the nation’s epicenter of lacrosse, for twenty years,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said. “As we gradually reopen the state for business and entertainment, it is great to see national organizations like Major League Lacrosse invest in Maryland.”
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Full 2020 MLL Schedule