Major League Lacrosse eyes Atlanta, Houston expansion

In an announcement set for Friday at Kennesaw State (GA), Major League Lacrosse has shared its plans to expand further south to Atlanta or in tornado alley to Houston. The league sent out an advisory today in consideration of who should join the field of eight teams (mostly on the Eastern seaboard with one team in Denver).

MLL Commish Dave Gross on playing a championship game in Georgia:

“I’ve had a very unhealthy infatuation with this venue for a number of years now since I first saw it on TV back in 2010. We worked to put a game in here last year. It went very well, and we figured that once we decided to put the championship at a neutral site, there was no better place.”

Aside from the support for an Atlanta franchise, the MLL did go through holding its All-Star game at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, which is home to the Houston Dynamo of the MLS.

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Aside from his opinions on a team in Georgia, Commissioner Gross added this about Houston:

“We’ve been watching the growth of the sport in Texas and want to give the great fans in the region a taste of the MLL. Working together with Savoy Sports Advisors, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and the Houston Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, we’re sure we can make [the 2015 All-Star Game] a memorable event.”

The most recent city to welcome a professional lacrosse team were the Florida Launch, who engineered the 2012 All-Star Game and had its premiere season in 2014 (5-9).