UNIONDALE – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The National Lacrosse League, a popular men’s professional indoor lacrosse league with franchises throughout North America, announced expansion plans to the Long Island (New York) market under the ownership of live events and sports media entertainment company GF Sports. The new franchise will begin play in 2019 as the indoor lacrosse league’s 13th franchise. The new club will play its home games at the newly renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
“We are thrilled to welcome GF Sports, New York, and the great Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island to the National Lacrosse League,” said NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “As our 13th franchise, New York and the entire Metropolitan region represents our biggest market to date. Lacrosse is no stranger to this area, and we are very excited that this ownership and franchise will fuel the growth opportunity we know already exists here.
“GF Sports is another quality ownership group for the NLL and we know they will bring unrivaled excitement to one of the world’s premier sports markets. New York not only aligns perfectly with our strategic plan to grow in the US, but also brings professional lacrosse back to a region that so many fans had wished for,” added Sakiewicz.
The NLL New York team joins GF Sports’ growing portfolio of live sports and entertainment events staged in the New York metropolitan area at NYCB Live which also include the New York Open (February 9-17, 2019), a men’s professional tennis tournament, and the Longines Masters of New York (April 25-28, 2019), an equestrian showjumping event and part of the global Longines Masters Series.
In addition to the new indoor lacrosse venture, GF Sports owns and operates live events and sports properties in other markets including the Longines Masters of Paris, Longines Masters of Hong Kong, the BB&T Atlanta Open and its Wolf Pack Ninja asset, which produces ninja events globally.
“We are proud to bring an NLL franchise to the New York Metropolitan area, a region known for producing some of the greatest lacrosse players in the country and having some of the most avid lacrosse fans. With its rich history and state-of-the-art facilities, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will serve as the perfect home for the return of professional lacrosse to New York in 2019,” said Gary Fuhrman, Managing Partner at GF Capital and Board Member of GF Sports. “We are impressed with and excited about the direction of the NLL under the leadership of Commissioner Sakiewicz, and look forward to partnering with the eleven other like-minded ownership groups committed to developing the sport on a global scale.”