The Premier Lacrosse League, which was scheduled to play a weekend of regular-season games at UAlbany’s Tom & Mary Casey Stadium on Aug. 14-15, announced Wednesday that the league will eschew its regular season in favor of a 16-day, fully quarantined, fanless championship tournament that will start July 25 and be held at a to-be-determined location.
PLL co-founder Paul Rabil announced the new format Wednesday morning in an interview on NBC’s Today Show.
The PLL season was originally scheduled to start May 29-30 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, but the league announced April 10 that it was postponing the start of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the PLL’s website, the league announced the format for the tournament. Each of the league’s seven teams will play four group play games between July 25 and Aug. 2, with the matchups to be drawn randomly in June. The teams will then be seeded by win-loss record and aggregate point differential for a single-elimination tournament that starts Aug. 4 and culminates with the championship game Aug. 9.
The games will be broadcast on NBC, the NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports Gold streaming service.
The PLL made its first appearance at Casey Stadium in August 2019, posting a sellout for a three-game weekend. In March, the league announced its planned return to Albany for the 2020 season.