The Philadelphia Barrage won’t get to play in front of a home crowd in their return season, but at least they’ll be playing.
The MLL has announced that they’ll play a tournament in lieu of a 2020 season in Annapolis, Maryland. The games will be hosted at Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium, which typically serves as the home for the Chesapeake Bayhawks who were the MLL 2019 champions. They also hosted the All-Star Game last season and considering that the Mid Atlantic is a lacrosse hotbed, Annapolis makes sense as a host for the league’s 20th season.
Commissioner Alexander Brown stated “Lacrosse fans missed their spring seasons and are now eager and excited to see a return of the game this summer. While celebrating what will be our 20th anniversary season, MLL has great respect for the responsibility that comes with returning to the field. We have been working closely with our local, state, and national health officials to make decisions based on the latest medical and public health advice available. We look forward to returning to Annapolis and again providing the very best our sport has to offer.”
The season will run with a round-robin from July 18th to the 24th. On the 25th the top four seeds will play in a semi-final round, with the championship round on the 26th. The season will air on the ESPN networks and ESPN+ as well.
As far as the Philadelphia Barrage goes, their schedule looks like this.
There will not be fans in attendance. As far as safety precautions, the MLL laid them out in their announcement.
Per the MLL: MLL, under the guidance of a team of medical professionals from all six MLL markets, has developed a comprehensive strategy to ensure the health and safety of the players, staff, and all personnel onsite for the 2020 season. MLL has established a COVID Safety Protocol Officer to oversee the adherence and execution of the safety plan. Additionally, MLL is working closely with their partner, Cascade, to offer players access to their newly developed Face Shield, a completely clear, physical barrier designed specifically for SEI-Certified Cascade Helmets.
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