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The Premier Lacrosse League is coming back to the University at Albany for a third...

The Premier Lacrosse League is coming back to the University at Albany for a third time.
Except this time, it will be the season opener.

Casey Stadium will host the PLL’s opening weekend on June 4 and 5, the league announced this morning.

“We’re excited to bring the opening faceoff of the 2022 Premier Lacrosse League season to UAlbany,” PLL co-founder and CEO Mike Rabil said in a statement released by the league. “The Capital District is home to some of the best lacrosse fans in the world. Their energy during our 2019 and 2021 events has elevated the atmosphere.”
Saturday, June 4 will feature a doubleheader with faceoffs scheduled for 6:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday, June 5 will offer another doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

“Obviously, it’s super exciting,” said former UAlbany star Connor Fields, who plays in the PLL. “It shows a lot to Albany as a lacrosse market and the fans in Albany, how strong it is. They don’t just open anywhere, the PLL, so they must have saw something the past two years that I think we all saw, how great it was there. So it’ll be awesome to open up in the 518.”
Weekend passes to all four games are available at Single-day tickets will go on sale in mid-March.

The PLL is a touring league that wrapped up its regular season at UAlbany in August in both its inaugural season of 2019 and last summer. In 2020, the PLL held its entire tournament in Salt Lake City because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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In 2019 and 2021, the PLL opened its schedule at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass, also the home of the New England Patriots.

This season, the PLL will make 14 tour stops from June to September.
The league has drawn well in both of its stays in Albany. The 2019 weekend drew a total of 12,522 over two days. Last year also brought significant crowds over three days of action at Casey Stadium, though the PLL didn’t release attendance figures. The Friday, Aug. 13 games were marred by a three-hour, 25-minute delay due to severe weather with heavy rain and lightning, but many fans stayed through the stoppage.
“We are excited to welcome back the PLL and host the opening weekend games,” UAlbany athletic director Mark Benson said through the league. “UAlbany lacrosse has generated a tremendous following and, with the terrific support of our fans, the Capital Region is known for world class lacrosse. Our partnership with the PLL is one that we greatly value, and we are looking forward to having Casey Stadium full as we welcome back the league, our alumni, and our supporters.”

Several former UAlbany players have returned to campus to play in the PLL, including brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson, Fields, Blaze Riorden,  JD Colarusso, TD Ierlan, Troy Reh and Kyle McClancy.


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