After six seasons in San Jose, Calif., the Stealth professional indoor lacrosse team has announced their plans to relocate to the greater Seattle, Washington area. The Stealth, a member of the National Lacrosse League, are coming off a 2009 campaign in which they advanced to the West Division Finals before being ousted by the eventual NLL Champion, Calgary Roughnecks.
The franchise now moves north to the State of Washington, where they will play at the Comcast Arena in Everett, Wash., just 30 miles north of Seattle. The 8,300-seat arena is also home to the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips. The team’s new name will be announced at a formal press conference in Everett next week.
“We are very excited about our move to the Comcast Arena at Everett and to introduce the region to the thrilling and fast-paced sport of professional indoor lacrosse,” said Stealth owner Denise Watkins. “It is a wonderful opportunity for the franchise. There is a strong lacrosse community already present in Everett and the greater Seattle area. We look forward to becoming an active partner and helping to continue the growth of lacrosse with local high schools and clubs.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the world-class National Lacrosse League and Stealth professional lacrosse to the Puget Sound region,” said Kim Bedier, Global Spectrum’s General Manager for the Comcast Arena at Everett. “Combine the consistently overwhelming support from our fans for sporting events at the Comcast Arena with one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and we are certain to have a great inaugural season.”
The National Lacrosse League is the premier professional league in the sport of lacrosse, and features the world’s best lacrosse players. The 2010 season will begin in January, and will mark the league’s 24th year of pro indoor lacrosse. NLL games draw an average attendance of more than 10,000 fans per game. Total league attendance has exceeded one million fans for each of the past four seasons. “We’re excited about coming to the greater Seattle area and the great State of Washington, where the sport of lacrosse is booming,” said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. “We look forward to seeing NLL games played at the Comcast Arena in Everett this upcoming season and beyond.”
Pro indoor lacrosse is a fast-paced and physical game. The two teams combine to score 25 goals in the average NLL contest. NLL teams play eight regular season home games as part of a 16-game regular season schedule, with all games played on weekends. The NLL regular season starts in January and concludes in April, with playoffs extending into May.
The Stealth came to San Jose prior to the 2004 season after five seasons as the Albany Attack. The Stealth have reached the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, and reached the Division Final in two of those three years. 2008 marked the club’s only West Division Regular Season Title, finishing with a 9-7 record. 2009 was a historic season for the team, with forward Colin Doyle setting franchise records with 111 points and 73 assists. Forward Rhys Duch was the team’s first Rookie of the Year after setting a new NLL rookie scoring record with 89 points.
A major goal of the Stealth upon their arrival in the San Francisco Bay Area was to assist in the development of the game in the region. Their efforts are most evident in the Sticks-2-Schools program, where the team has provided curriculums and instruction to over 80 local schools and 40,000 students. A number of Stealth players have also provided coaching to area high school teams and at camps and clinics throughout the team’s tenure in the area.
The team is already accepting deposits on 2010 season tickets. Season tickets start as low as $75 for eight games. Great seats can be reserved by putting down a deposit of $50. For more information, call 1-877-MY-75-TIX, email email@example.com or visit www.stealthlax.com. For more information on the National Lacrosse League, contact NLL Vice President of Communications Doug Fritts at (917) 710-8730 or visit NLL.com.