In the past couple of years, the city of Las Vegas has welcomed major league sports to the city. The Las Vegas Golden Knights left locals and the entire nation in awe, as they made NHL history, becoming the league’s first inaugural team to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season. The team’s success quickly turned Vegas into a hockey town, attracting people from all walks of life to the icey sport. In 2017, Vegas received the news it would be the new home for a national football franchise. The NFL voted to officially move the new home of the Raiders from Oakland, California, to Las Vegas for the 20/21 football season. The overall positive welcoming from the locals for the new sports teams, attracted the eye of another professional organization, the National Lacrosse League.
Next February, the NLL will bring the sport of lacrosse to Sin City for one game, hosted at the Orleans Arena. The two teams competing in this historic game will be the San Diego Seals vs. Colorado Mammoths. Season ticket holders for the Seal’s will receive complimentary hotel rooms for the entire weekend, provided by the team’s organization. The game will be taking place during the weekend of the 2020 Super Bowl, which is historically one of the busiest time frames in Las Vegas.
To get Seal fans pumped up about the upcoming game, the team release a short video clip featuring the mascot “Salty.” Salty gets lost from the beaches of San Diego and ends up in the city of Las Vegas, exploring all the city has to offer.
President of the Seals organization, Steve Govett, is excited about the opportunity for his team. In a press release, the president stated, “We’re honored to represent the National Lacrosse League for the first-ever game in Las Vegas, and to bring the Seals faithful on the road with us by providing complimentary hotels to many of our fans.” Govett hopes the game is a chance to introduce a new audience to the sport of lacrosse.
The NLL was founded in 1986 with its inaugural season beginning in 1987. The professional sport has since expanded to thirteen teams across the United States and Canada. During 2017, the league introduced two new expansion teams, the San Diego Seals and Philadelphia Wings, marking the 2018 – 2019 season the first for these two teams. Last season, San Diego placed second in the western conference division with an overall record of 10-8.
The first game of the regular season for the NLL will begin the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29.