Indoor lacrosse expected to return to Albany

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Pro indoor lacrosse apparently is returning to the Times Union Center.

The arena is making an announcement at a 4 p.m. press conference on Tuesday, and it is expected to be announced that plans are in place to bring a National Lacrosse League team to Albany.

The Times Union first reported news of the NLL’s plan.

TU Center general manager Bob Belber did not return a voicemail seeking comment.

The NLL’s Albany Attack played at the Pepsi Arena from 2000-03, before naming rights to the venue changed hands.

The franchise moved to San Jose because of declining attendance and subsequently was relocated to Vancouver, where the Warriors are one of 13 teams in the NLL, with the expansion Panther City Lacrosse Club of Fort Worth, Texas, due to join in time for the 2021-22 season.

The NLL had looked at playing an abbreviated season this spring, but instead will wait for the fall.

“We have gone through many scenarios, including playing a bubble season in Canada in April, but the logistical challenges, including the recently announced tighter travel and quarantine restrictions across the Canadian border have required us to pivot,” NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said in a Feb. 3 release from the league. “We have decided to focus on playing a full season in our markets, starting in the fall of this year.”

The TU Center will regain arena football in May when the Albany Empire of the National Arena League begins the 2021 season.

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