NLL preseason games start this weekend including the Rochester vs. Minnesota game live on YouTube via TLN on Saturday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
With the first wave of training camp sessions in the books, the National Lacrosse League preseason gets into full gear with six exhibition games scheduled for this weekend. With the 2014 regular season opener on Saturday, Dec. 28 just weeks away, check out the schedule below to stay on top of all the preseason action.
Friday, Dec. 6
Minnesota Swarm vs. Colorado Mammoth at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (7pm ET)
Saturday, Dec. 7
Buffalo Bandits vs. Philadelphia Wings at First Niagara Center (12pm ET)
Toronto Rock vs. Colorado Mammoth at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (7pm ET)
Rochester Knighthawks vs. Minnesota Swarm at Blue Cross Arena (8pm ET)
Vancouver Stealth vs. Calgary Roughnecks at Langley Events Centre (10pm ET)
Sunday, Dec. 8
Buffalo Bandits vs. Philadelphia Wings at First Niagara Center (closed to public)
The weekend will be highlighted by the NLL Hall of Fame Ceremony for goaltender Pat O'Toole prior to the Rochester Knighthawks vs. Minnesota Swarm preseason game at the Blue Cross Arena on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets for the preseason game are available free of charge or watch it live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. while the VIP Reception begins at 6 p.m. Click here for more information. Swarm fans can check out a weekend preview on the team's website by clicking here.
The Buffalo Bandits will host the Philadelphia Wings in an exhibition contest on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. The scrimmage will be open to the public as a free, non-ticketed event with general admission seating. Parking for the day will be free of charge as well. Fans will have the opportunity to partake in a team autograph session with Bandits players following the scrimmage, while the Select-a-Seat season ticket program is also scheduled to take place throughout the day.
The Toronto Rock will begin their preseason schedule on Saturday night when they play host to the Colorado Mammoth at 7 p.m. ET at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario. There is no charge for admission to Saturday’s game and the doors will open at 6 p.m. with a cap of approximately 800 spectators, it is recommended that fans arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase Toronto Rock tickets on site as well as picking up a Holiday Pack. Additionally, fans spending $30 or more on Rock merchandise will receive a pair of Toronto Rock ear bud headphones for free.
Rock in-game host Sarah Davis will be in attendance engaging the fans and the Rock faithful on hand can also look forward to a pair of performances from the Toronto Rock Cheerleaders.
For those fans unable to attend in person, the will be broadcast live on select TVCogeco and Rogers TV stations throughout the province of Ontario. Pete Dalliday will handle the play-by-play duties while Brian Shanahan will be the colour analyst on the broadcast. For channel listings and more info, please click here.