(Uncasville, Connecticut) The National Lacrosse League will hold its 2002 All-Star Game on Sunday, April 21st at 2pm Eastern Time. The game will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Arena is part of the Mohegan Sun, a popular destination for gaming and entertainment, located in Southeastern Connecticut. The game is being held on Sunday April 21st, one week after the NLL Championship Game. The official announcement was made at Mohegan Sun during a press conference held earlier today.
The All-Star Game will be televised on the CNN/Sports Illustrated Network. The teams will feature the All-Stars of the North (Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Rochester, Toronto and Vancouver) versus the All-Stars of the South (Albany, Buffalo, Columbus, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Washington). The players will be chosen by the League's Head Coaches & General Managers, the League media, and The fans, with each section carrying one-third of the total vote. Fans will cast their votes through the League's Official Website, National Lacrosse.com. The voting page will be available in the coming days.
"We are thrilled to bring the All-Star Game to the Mohegan Sun," said Commissioner Jim Jennings. "The game will showcase the League's top talent, and will make a fun ending to another great season for the NLL."
The Mohegan Sun Arena has hosted an impressive list of events, including a National Basketball Association exhibition game that featured Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards. "We're excited to bring this great event to the Mohegan Sun," said Paul Munick, Vice President of Sports and Entertainment for the Mohegan Sun. "We are pleased to welcome the National Lacrosse League and the national television audience that will watch this great game at our arena."
Ticket prices for the All-Star Game are as follows: $40 for lower level seats, $25 for mid-level seats, and $10 for upper level seats.
The All-Star Weekend festivities will start on Saturday evening, as the League presents the NLL VIP Awards Night and League Party. Fans can purchase a package including both events for $135 (party and lower seats for game); $120 (party and mid-level seats), or $105 (party and upper level seats). For more information, visit the NLL All Star Game Page Tickets will be on sale no later than Friday, February 15th. To order via the web, go to tickets.com, or call (800) 477-6849. Tickets are also available in person at all Tickets.com outlets, or at the Mohegan Sun box office.
The National Lacrosse League is North America's top professional indoor lacrosse league. The NLL plays a sixteen-game regular season schedule in thirteen of North America's top markets. The League's membership consists of the Philadelphia Wings, Toronto Rock, New York Saints, New Jersey Storm, Washington Power, Buffalo Bandits, Montreal Express, Vancouver Ravens, Ottawa Rebel, Calgary Roughnecks, Rochester Knighthawks, Albany Attack and the Columbus Landsharks. The teams play in the same state-of-the-art facilities used by the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association. The regular season runs from November until April. The League's average attendance for the 2001 season was just under 9,000 fans per game. During that season, the Toronto Rock drew two sellout crowds in excess of 19,000 fans to the Air Canada Centre.
The League has national television contracts with the CNN/Sports Illustrated network in the United States and Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. Games are also carried on HDNet, a new high-definition television network founded by Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks.
Mohegan Sun, owned by The Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular gaming and entertainment destinations in the United States. Situated in scenic southeastern Connecticut on 240 acres along the Thames River, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Places. Mohegan Sun opened the Casino of the Earth in 1996 and the exciting, new Casino of the Sky in September 2001. With the expansion, Mohegan Sun offers 315,000 square feet of gaming space, 40 new retail shops and dining venues ranging from food court-style to gourmet, a 10,000-seat arena featuring world-class sporting events and concerts, and an intimate cabaret. Mohegan Sun's evolution will continue with the opening of a 34-story luxury hotel, featuring 1,200 hotel rooms, premier meeting and convention space and a world-class spa, in Spring 2002. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting www.mohegansun.com.