Discussion in 'NLL News and Rumors' started by AFedyk, Dec 23, 2018.
Wings had 12,688. SD should be strong, COL and CGY look good.
San Diego Seals indoor lacrosse team to play first home game
Posted: Jan 12, 2019 4:07 PM ESTUpdated: Jan 12, 2019 4:07 PM EST
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Indoor lacrosse will make its labor-delayed debut in San Diego on Saturday night when the San Diego Seals face the Rochester Knighthawks at Pechanga Arena San Diego.
Billionaire Joseph Tsai was awarded a National Lacrosse League expansion team on Aug. 30, 2017, in what commissioner Nick Sakiewicz called "the culmination of months of work and part of the five-year strategic plan to grow the sport of lacrosse through the thoughtful expansion of the NLL."
The Seals are the league's first team in California since 2009, when the San Jose Stealth moved to Everett, Washington. They are among two NLL expansion teams beginning play this season, along with the Philadelphia Wings, increasing the membership in the league that began play in 1987 to 11.
Teams in Uniondale, New York and Halifax, Nova Scotia are set to begin play in the 2019-20 season.
Tsai, vice chairman of the Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group, is 168th on Forbes' list of the world's richest people with a net worth of $8.5 billion.
Tsai played lacrosse at Yale, "all three of his kids have played lacrosse in this market for a couple of years, he had a passion for the market, he has a passion for the global game of lacrosse, he's a big supporter of the Hong Kong national team, big supporter of the Federation of International Lacrosse, big supporter of Yale University lacrosse and this was just a natural progression to step forward into the professional game," Seals President Steve Govett told City News Service.
When the franchise was awarded, Tsai said, "Our team is committed to creating a fan-first experience and to being an integral part of the local community."
On their website, the Seals say their mission in San Diego is "to immerse ourselves in the local community, promoting philanthropy, good citizenship, and growing the game of lacrosse throughout Southern California."
The team offers schools programs promoting a healthy, active lifestyle, providing an anti-bullying message and introducing lacrosse. Seals players will make about 200 appearances at schools this season, Govett said.
The longer period between the awarding of the franchise and start of play than the NLL's two previous California franchises has given the Seals "a runway to introduce the sport at a grass-roots level," Govett said.
The Seals will follow the modern professional sports practice of mixing entertainment with the games, including having a mascot, Salty, and a dance team, the Sirens, who will both make frequent appearances at events other than the games.
"By putting on a great show, the game will ultimately be embraced because it is a great and exciting game," said Govett, who was the president of the NLL's Colorado Mammoth from 2002-17.
Govett expects about 11,000-12,000 fans for the home opener and has set a goal of averaging 10,000 fans for the nine home games. The team will break even if it averages 7,500 fans per game, Govett said.
The Seals had been scheduled to play their home opener Dec. 8 but the NLL canceled the first two weekends of play on Nov. 15 after it was unable to reach agreement with its players union on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new agreement was announced Nov. 24 and the Seals began training camp Nov. 30.
The Seals began the season with three games on the road, defeating Colorado, 17-12, Dec. 22, but then losing at Calgary, 9-5, Dec. 28, and to the defending champion Saskatchewan Rush, 16-12, last Saturday.
The Seals have a league-high six rookies on their roster, including forward Austin Staats, the first choice in the NLL entry draft, who leads the Seals with nine goals. Staats was selected to the All-World Team at the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championship, helping lead the Iroquois Confederacy to the bronze medal.
Indoor lacrosse is played on hockey rinks covered by a green dieter turf carpet that is laid down over the ice.
Each team has five runners -- forwards, transition players and defensemen and a goaltender -- on the floor during the game, with players rotating on and off the floor in shifts, similar to hockey. The game consists of four 15-minute quarters. A game tied at the end of regulation is decided in a sudden-death overtime.
An average of 25 goals are scored in an NLL game.
Warriors crowd filled in much better than it was at face off.
Great to see a full lower bowl, and people in the 2nd level of the WFC. That hasn't happened in a long time
Looks pretty barren in the middle, on TV. Like, nowhere near the opening night crowd.
It was also empty on the ends, not so much now.
Colorado’s is a concern, bad weather last night?? They got outdrawn by Philadelphia San Diego and Calgary
Losing 67 home games in a row will do that.
Football last night. Even I didn't watch the NLL until the San Diego game.
In Philadelphia and San Diego, the football games they really care about are today.
What I noticed was that it was a late arriving crowd too. It didn’t fill in until well after face off.
There was some kind of snag at the arena that no one could explain. The doors for pregame opened 30 minutes late, and I assume there were a fair amount of people that went right from LaxCon to the game.
I'm also concerned about Colorado; no longer the loud house.
Vancouver will take time IMO, and Vancouver's a weird market though - not one team is legitimately selling their barns out. Not to mention the huge amount of Seahawks fans.
Who would have thunk it that after a 2 week lockout that the NLL would be averaging almost 1,000 people more than all of last year??
The biggest concern is Colorado. I wonder if the magic is wearing off. Starting 0-3 at home is not going to help.
Footballs a bad excuse if the local team isn’t playing
Just a bit of connection to Tsai and the San Diego Seals, but Tsai is expected to buy the WNBA's New York Liberty. Rumors are the team will play at least a portion of it's games at Barclays. This will be Tsai's fourth team he either owns or partially owns.
Maybe in Philadelphia, but not in the rest of America.
If that was so, then there would NOT be ...
Monday Night Football
Thursday Night Football
Sunday Night Football
and even CFL being broadcast in America.
Same with Premier League soccer being broadcast on NBC on Saturday mornings.
Sports fandom is not materially equivalent to home metro area.
Doubt Colorado’s number was affected by the nfl playoffs, the wings number wasn’t
I didn't expect the Wings number to be affected significantly by the NLL on Saturday because the Eagles were playing on Sunday. Because the Eagles were still in on Saturday night, Eagles fans would be mostly focused on that game.
However, in a market in which your team is not in the playoffs, any focus on a specific game is mostly eliminated unless it's a big matchup (for example, next week's Championship Weekend in the NFL is going to be a very good one - probably the best in a generation or more).
In Colorado, football is a big thing - especially given the Broncos are in the AFC West and this is a very good AFC West year with KC and San D... uh, Los Angeles... both being very powerful teams this year. Broncos fans would have a vested interest in following those games. The KC game was on Saturday, but that was the early game.
Still, I agree with you a bit. I don't believe that the NFL playoffs had a huge impact on the Mammoth game attendance, but I would not trivialize it either. This is a very good and interesting NFL season which is attracting considerable interest.
Meanwhile, sorry for the Eagles loss. That was tough. It was looking like it was going to be an upset in NO.
The Eagles biggest rival is the Cowboys, who were playing at the same time as the Wings. I'm not buying it.
Yes the whole midwest is Broncos territory, but really, if.you are a Wooly fan, a non Broncos game.is not keeping you home
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