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National Lacrosse League Returns to Montreal for its First Regular Season Game in Quebec Since 2002
New NLL UnBOXed™ Series debuts with Toronto and New York playing at Place Bell in Laval on Friday, February 16, 2024
Place Bell, home of the Laval Rocket, the AHL affiliate of the NHL Montréal Canadiens, will host the 2024 NLL UnBOXed Series, marking the first regular season game in Québec since 2002 when the NLL Montréal Express played its final game at the then-Molson Centre.
Tickets for the 2024 NLL UnBOXed Series will officially go on sale on November 16th at noon ET at evenko.ca.
Today's announcement follows last week's unveiling of the NLL's new multi-national grassroots initiative, NLL UnBOXed, including the launch of its Montréal area-specific programming under the "Castors de Montréal" brand.
"Interest in box lacrosse, from the grassroots to the professional level, continues to skyrocket in Québec, and we are proud to be able to take this next step in bringing the NLL and our elite athletes to Laval and the greater Montréal area," said NLL Commissioner Brett Frood. "We are thankful to the leadership of the Canadiens, especially France Margaret Bélanger, in working with us to host the game at Place Bell, and to both the Riptide and the Rock for their enthusiasm to move to a neutral site so that we can expand our regular season audience in Montréal for the first time in more than 20 years."
The NLL UnBOXed Series event platform will also include additional local activations throughout Montréal leading up to the game in Laval, including instructional clinics for young boys and girls, parents, and coaches, and gameday interactive fan experiences at Place Bell. Specific details will be announced at a later date.
"We are delighted to be working with the National Lacrosse League to bring the best in professional box lacrosse to Laval in February," said Groupe CH president, sports and entertainment, France Margaret Bélanger. "The sport has a deep history in our province, and hosting this game is a great way to honor the past while looking to the future."
About the National Lacrosse League
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America's premier professional lacrosse league, with a record 1,165,528 fans attending games in 2022-23. http://www.nll.com