(Sept. 15, 2016) – The National Lacrosse League (NLL) today announced the home opener schedule for the 2017 NLL regular season. The Georgia Swarm will open its season at The Hive for a showdown against the two-time defending champion Saskatchewan Rush on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7:05 p.m. from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena.
Over 9,000 fans witnessed Georgia win its inaugural home opener this past January against the Toronto Rock; the game also aired on FOX Sports Southeast. The Swarm finished 8-10 in 2016 and clinched a playoff spot in the East Division. On Sept. 26, Georgia will make three Top 10 selections during the NLL Draft to help bolster an already talented core of young and athletic players.
“We’re looking forward to opening the regular season in front of our home fans this year,” Swarm Co-Owner and President Andy Arlotta said. “Last year’s home opener had an electric atmosphere and we’re planning to make this year’s experience even better for our fans. We will have a very exciting team to cheer for again in 2017 and there’s no better way to open the season than against the two-time defending champs.”
Fans can take advantage of a special Home Opener Ticket & T-Shirt Package for only $99! Fans will receive (3) Lower-Level Sideline Tickets and (3) Swarm T-Shirts (a 4th Ticket and T-Shirt can be added to the package for only $20!). Call 844-4-GASWARM to purchase your Home Opener package today!
The rest of the Swarm's regular schedule will be released at a later date.
The league's 31st year of professional indoor lacrosse begins on Thursday, December 29 with the Rochester Knighthawks hosting the Toronto Rock for an East rivalry matchup before the Colorado Mammoth visits the East Division champion, the Buffalo Bandits, on Friday, December 30 to round out Week 1.
Three teams play home openers in Week 2 with the Vancouver Stealth at Calgary Roughnecks on Friday, January 6, in addition to the Georgia Swarm welcoming the two-time defending NLL champion Saskatchewan Rush, and Colorado hosting Vancouver on Saturday, January 7.
Two more openers are set for Week 3 with Calgary at Vancouver and Saskatchewan at Toronto on Saturday, January 14. In Week 4, Saskatchewan will raise the championship banner during its home opener vs. Rochester on Saturday, January 21 while the New England Black Wolves open at home in Week 5 on Saturday, January 28 with an East Finals rematch against Buffalo.
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