The Vancouver Ravens of the National Lacrosse League have chosen Sportstown BC of Richmond, British Columbia as their training facility as they prepare for their first season in the NLL.
The Ravens, who will play their home games at General Motors Place beginning in December, have designated Sportstown BC as the Official Training Nest of the expansion franchise.
Were very proud of the privilege of calling Sportstown BC our home away from home and as our official training facility, said Dave Evans, General Manager & Director of Player Personnel for the Ravens.
Sportstown BC will play a very important role in the building of our franchise and it will be the site of our open try-out camp in September, training camp in October and our regular weekly practice sessions during the regular season.
Evans announced that the Ravens will make their debut at Sportstown BC on Sept.22-23, when they host an open try-out camp at the popular Richmond facility. Regular training will begin the first week in October as the Ravens prepare for the opening of their regular season, scheduled to begin in mid-November.
Evans and Director of Lacrosse Operations & Head Coach Paul Dal Monte have signed 31 players to their pre-season roster. The Ravens will add several more players to their pre-season roster through free agent signings, the National Lacrosse League Entry Draft Aug. 25 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., potential trades and the open try-out camp.
On behalf of all of us associated with Sportstown BC, were very excited about the partnership with the Vancouver Ravens and we're looking forward to providing the best possible training environment, said Colin Elmes, Managing Director of Sportstown BC. We're also committed to making box lacrosse and big part of our offering to the community.
Sportstown BC is conveniently located off of Highway 99, just north of the Westminster Highway. Formerly exclusively dedicated to tennis, Sportstown BC has become one of the premier multi-sport facilities in Western Canada, with indoor tennis courts, one indoor soccer field, one outdoor soccer field and a swimming pool. The indoor soccer field will be converted to box lacrosse for Ravens training sessions and for other community programs in youth lacrosse to be delivered in partnership with the NLL franchise.
We selected Sportstown BC not only because it's a great facility in a
convenient location, but because of its commitment to box lacrosse on a long-term basis, said Tom Mayenknecht of West Vancouver, Governor of the Vancouver Ravens. We're impressed with the approach they've taken to making this a comprehensive partnership in the best interests of indoor lacrosse. They see the tremendous growth that's at play in youth lacrosse and they want to be part of it at the ground floor.
Mayenknecht said the Ravens will partner with the British Columbia Lacrosse Association and Sportstown BC in offering Wednesday Night Lacrosse in Richmond. The program will begin with community clinics and camps and progress to include youth and adult leagues.