ALBANY, NEW YORK (April 22, 2019) - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced today that the University at Albany’s Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, NY will host regular season games on August 24th and 25th this summer.
PLL action will commence with a single showdown on Saturday, August 24th and two games on Sunday, August 25th. Albany becomes the 12th location revealed by the PLL following announcements of Boston, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Jose, Columbus, Denver, and Hamilton. PLL action in Albany will also see former University at Albany student-athletes and current PLL stars Ty Thompson, Kyle McClancy, Connor Fields, Blaze Riorden, Joe Resetarits, Miles Thompson, Brett Queener, and Troy Reh return to their alma mater.
“Albany has always been a hotbed of lacrosse and now local passion is fueled by the rise of University at Albany’s powerhouse Men’s Lacrosse team,” says PLL Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Paul Rabil. “The capital is ready and we are thrilled to partner with UAlbany to bring the action of top notch professional lacrosse to an energized sports public. This summer, the world’s best lacrosse players will descend on the city for three fiercely competitive games that will shape the PLL playoff picture.”
"The Albany lacrosse community is honored to welcome the PLL to Casey Stadium in its inaugural season," said Scott Marr, UAlbany's head coach. "Knowing the support our community gives UAlbany lacrosse, I anticipate an enthusiastic turnout to experience the game at its highest level. In addition, we are extremely proud to welcome back to campus eight former Great Danes who have been fortunate to be drafted into the PLL. Thanks to Paul Rabil and the PLL for the opportunity to host!"
UAlbany is home to one of the top programs in Division I lacrosse. The Great Danes, nine-time America East champions, have been to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals three times and in 2018 reached NCAA Championship Weekend for the first time. UAlbany also boasts one of the most rabid fan bases in the country and has ranked in the top 10 nationally in home attendance each of the past two seasons.
ABOUT PREMIER LACROSSE LEAGUE
The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) brings the sport of lacrosse to a national stage for the first time through a tour-based model, complete with the best players the sport has to offer. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the Premier Lacrosse League is backed by an investment group comprised of The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the Chernin Group, and Blum Capital. The PLL season will begin in June 2019 with six teams embarking on a 14-week season that concludes with a playoff and PLL Championship Game. The PLL season will be distributed through an exclusive media-rights agreement with NBC Sports Group. For more information, visit www.premierlacrosseleague.com and follow on social media: Instagram (@PLL), Twitter(@PremierLacrosse), Facebook (@PremierLacrosseLeague) and YouTube (YouTube.com/PLL).
ABOUT TOM & MARY CASEY STADIUM
The 8,500-seat Tom & Mary Casey Stadium opened in 2013. The stadium currently is home to the UAlbany football, men's and women's lacrosse as well as men's and women's soccer programs. In men's lacrosse, the Great Danes consistently have drawn some of the top crowds in Division I. In 2017, the stadium hosted a men's lacrosse NCAA Tournament game, with UAlbany defeating defending-champion North Carolina, 15-12, in front of an NCAA first-round record 6,472 fans.