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MLL announces Annapolis to host 20th anniversary season

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

Hutton Jackson is a professional video editor, co-founder/host of Pro Lacrosse Talk and editor-in-chief of Lacrosse Playground. He is also an Emmy-winning associate producer with two major sports networks and oversees Lacrosse Playground's video content as the head coordinating producer. Hutton played four years of college lacrosse at DeSales University where his highest lacrosse accolade was being named to Inside Lacrosse's 2014 All-Name Team with current pros Challen Rogers, Deemer Class and Larken Kemp, an honor that didn't require stepping on the field. When he's not writing on lacrosse, he can usually be found diving around the crease in your local men's league and ranting about Baltimore and D.C. professional sports.

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