National Lacrosse League Coming to Halifax

by | Oct 22, 2018 | Greg Johnston, News, NLL Lacrosse |

After several months of rumors and much anticipation, the growing city of Halifax, Nova Scotia will be home to another professional sports franchise. The National Lacrosse League (NLL) recently announced the Rochester Knighthawks will relocate to the Maritime region commencing the 2019-2020 season. “Known as a great events city with a passionate, loyal, and hungry fan base for major league sports, Halifax proved to be an ideal location for our league’s expansion in Canada,” explained NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz.

The soon-to-be renamed indoor lacrosse franchise will play their home games at Scotiabank Centre, located in the heart of downtown. Halifax will witness nine regular season home games, with some pre-season and potentially playoff games each year. With a capacity of 10,500, Scotiabank Centre will be one of the smallest of the 11-team league. According to Sakiewicz, the NLL average attendance is around 11,000 patrons per game. “We were a little concerned, frankly, about the size of this arena… Hopefully, they’re hugely successful and we sit down with the mayor in a couple years and try to increase the capacity.”

Professional sports have taken note of Halifax as an up-and-coming sports city. The area’s only current professional franchise is the Halifax Hurricanes of the National Basketball League of Canada. However earlier this year, the newly formed Canadian Premier League announced the HFX Wanderers FC will be one of its seven founding soccer clubs starting in 2019. The Canadian Football League has long considered expansion to the maritime region, but the lack of a suitable stadium remains a road block. Even the National Hockey League has had whispers of interest in Halifax, albeit not serious enough over the likes of Las Vegas, Seattle, Quebec City, and Houston over recent years.

Ticket prices and packages have not been announced, but season ticket deposits are available on the team’s website, halifaxnll.com.

The Knighthawks will play their final season in Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena this upcoming season prior to relocating.

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