Finally, we know there will be lacrosse. In a press release sent out on Thursday morning the Boston Cannons and Major League Lacrosse announced a shortened season.
Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will be the site in Annapolis, Maryland. Starting on July 16th the teams will have a two-day training camp with the regular season games kicking off on July 18th.
The Cannons will play the other five teams in the league one time. The week-long season concludes with a final-four playoff the weekend of July 25-26. The 2020 "season" will be broadcast nationally on the ESPN family of networks, filling the void for many lacrosse-starved fans.
This season was especially important to both the MLL and the Cannons as it is the 20th anniversary. I had season tickets the very first year in 2001 when Boston played in Lowell's Cawley Stadium. I can also say unequivocally that this is the best fan base in the league.
HAPPY TO BE BACK
The Cannons have jumped around and currently call Quincy home. However, the fans have always showed up and showed out for the Cannons over the past 20 years. Many MLL teams have struggled with attendance, but the Cannons' fan base has always been there.
“The Boston Cannons organization is excited to get on the field for our 20th anniversary season,” said Cannons President Ian Frenette in the release. “While we’re disappointed that we are not able to play in front of our hometown fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium, we’re thrilled to be able to play in 2020 during this unprecedented time.”
MLL VS. COVID-19
The MLL developed a comprehensive strategy to ensure the health and safety of all players, staff and personnel. Most leagues have a ton of hoops to jump through, but with the size of the MLL the undertaking isn't nearly as stressful.
Major League Lacrosse worked closely with Cascade to offer players access to a newly developed face shield. Cascade has been the dominant helmet manufacturer throughout my lifetime. The newly developed shield is a completely clear, physical barrier designed specifically for the SEI- Certified Cascade helmets.
Major League Lacrosse is always ahead of the curve in terms of new equipment and this is no different. Whether it's helmets, gloves or sticks the lacrosse world is always figuring new stuff out. For COVID protections there is no doubt in my mind they will have the safest environment for players on and off the field.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH
If you've never watched lacrosse or the Cannons this is a perfect opportunity. The games will be on the ESPN networks but the Cannons will also be on NBC Sports. Lacrosse is known as the fastest sport on two feet. This shortened tournament format is the perfect way to showcase the game for every kind of fan.