The Georgia Swarm!

Update: First home game January 9. Here’s their schedule.

Let’s welcome The Georgia Swarm; PopUp_Georiga-Swarm-announcementa professional lacrosse team coming to the Arena at Gwinnett Center in January! The Swarm previously was a Minnesota team.

Maybe it’s because our boys play high school and summer travel club lacrosse, but Scoop OTP is very excited to cheer on this new team for OTP and Georgia!

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According to Lax Magazine:

The franchise will be named the Georgia Swarm and has agreed in principle on a lease agreement to play its home games at The Arena at Gwinnett Center (Duluth, Ga.) in Gwinnett County, which is located 25 minutes northeast of Atlanta.

“Today is an exciting day as we open a new chapter in team history,” Swarm Owner John Arlotta said in a press release. “The sport of lacrosse is growing at a rapid pace in Georgia and we’re thrilled to bring the fastest game on two feet at the professional level to The Arena at Gwinnett Center. With its high-scoring nature, and gameplay which resembles hockey and basketball in many ways, the NLL is enjoyable for lacrosse and non-lacrosse fans alike, and is great family entertainment.”

“Lacrosse is a great sport and it will add another dimension to family entertainment at Gwinnett Center and in metro-Atlanta as well,” said Joseph Dennis, general manager of Gwinnett Center. “We are excited to have the National Lacrosse League as a tenant team in The Arena for years to come.”

You can read more here.

Lacrosse is growing rapidly OTP. According to the Atlanta Business Journal:

Metro Atlanta will in 2016 host for the first time the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. The 8,300-seat stadium is home to Kennesaw State University’s collegiate athletic programs competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The stadium recently hosted the LB3 Lacrosse’s Cobb County Classic featuring Denver vs. Duke and Syracuse vs. St. Johns.

Additionally, Major League Lacrosse will play its 2015 Championship Game at Kennesaw State University’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Aug. 8. The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network.

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