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NLL / Box Lacrosse

What is Lacrosse?

Lacrosse is a traditional indigenous people’s game and was first encountered by Europeans when French Jesuit missionaries in the St. Lawrence Valley witnessed the game in the 1630s. For centuries, lacrosse was seen as a key element of cultural identity and spiritual healing to Native Americans.

What is Box Lacrosse?

Box lacrosse is a modern version of the game of lacrosse that was invented in Canada during the 1920s and 1930s. The roots of indoor lacrosse are obscure, but its invention has been attributed to Paddy Brennan, a field lacrosse player and referee from Montreal, who, annoyed by the constant slowing of play from balls going out of bounds in the field game, experimented with indoor games at the Mount Royal Arena during the early 1920s.

The form was also adopted as the primary version of the game played on Native American reservations in the US and Canada by Iroquois and other Native peoples. It is the only sport in which the American indigenous people, participating as the Iroquois Nationals, are sanctioned to compete internationally.

Box lacrosse is played inside the confines of an ice hockey rink, with glass and rink boards intact. The playing surface consists of a green dieter turf carpet that is laid down over the hockey ice.

What is the NLL?

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) was founded in 1986 and is the world's premier box lacrosse league comprised of teams across the US and Canada. The season traditionally starts in December and runs through April with the Playoffs (usually consisting of eight teams) beginning in May

How many teams are there in the NLL?

There are 15 teams in the NLL: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (based in Fort Worth, TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, Vancouver Warriors -- and the Las Vegas Desert Dogs.

How do NLL games work?

Each game consists of four fifteen-minute quarters. A tie at the end of regulation is decided in sudden-victory overtime. Each team has five runners (forwards, transition players, and defensemen) and a goaltender on the floor during the game. Each team dresses 19 players (17 runners and two goaltenders) per game, and the players rotate on and off the floor in shifts, similar to ice hockey. Box lacrosse is played inside the confines of an ice hockey rink, with glass and rink boards intact. The playing surface consists of a green dieter turf carpet that is laid down over the hockey ice. Combined, teams score an average of 25 goals a game in an NLL game.

Las Vegas Desert Dogs

When and where will the team play?

The Desert Dogs will play at Michelob ULTRA Arena located inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The inaugural season will begin in December 2022. Most games will occur on Friday and Saturday nights.

How many games are there in the regular season?

Each National Lacrosse League team plays 18 games – 9 home games + 9 away games.

Which conference will the team be a part of?

The league’s competition committee will determine which conference our team will fall under at a future date.

When will the team have players?

The inaugural class of Desert Dogs players will be announced in July 2022 during the NLL Expansion Draft.

When do single game tickets and group tickets go on-sale?

Single game tickets and group tickets will go on-sale closer to the start of the 2022-23 season. Season tickets provide the best seats with the best perks for the lowest prices.