National Lacrosse League Announces First-Ever Expansion into the State of Texas
NLL's 14th Franchise will begin play at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas; Visit FortWorthNLL.com for Team and 2021-22 Ticket information
It is also the first expansion announcement for any men's professional North American sports league in 2020. The last official announcement for any men's professional sports league was Major League Soccer's expansion into Sacramento, which occurred on October 21, 2019.
"We welcome Fort Worth as our 14th team and are excited to be working with a first-class organization led by Bill Cameron, Greg Bibb and the leadership at Dickies Arena, one of the premier state-of-the art facilities in the United States," NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said. "Greg's accomplishments with the WNBA's Dallas Wings, one of the greatest business success stories in professional sports in North America, and a Fort Worth fan base who craves what we provide -- fun-filled nonstop action -- will make this franchise a must see and must follow, not only for fans in the area around Fort Worth, but for the global sports business community, and all those with a passion for lacrosse."
"As we look to expand our sports business portfolio the National Lacrosse League, and the model Nick and his team have created in the past few years, is a perfect fit," Bibb said. "We wanted a growing sport that is on the rise and that fans can engage with, not just at the arena but at the grassroots level, and one that understands the value of the digital native fans and how brands can engage in these fluid times. The NLL checked all those boxes, and we can't wait to bring this new franchise to the fans in greater Fort Worth."