(Denver, CO)-The National Lacrosse League continues its movement into the Western half of the United States with the introduction of its newest home city. The city of Denver, Colorado is the new home of the former Washington Power franchise. The yet-to-be-named team will play its home games at Pepsi Center, home of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League, Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. The team will play eight home dates at Pepsi Center as part of the 2002-2003 season, set to begin on the weekend of December 27th. The League schedule is expected to be released in August.
Don Elliman, President of Kroenke Sports welcomes Del Halladay, Erik Miller, Gary Gait and NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings to Pepsi Center. Photo Credit: Michael Martin
The team is now owned and operated by the most dynamic sports and entertainment group in the Rocky Mountain region. Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE) owns and operates the Avalanche, Nuggets and Pepsi Center. The Denver NLL team is KSE's newest acquisition. Kroenke Sports also is a partner in the Universal Lending CityLights Pavilion outdoor amphitheater, the Grand Prix of Denver CART race and Denver's new Arena Football League team.
"Everyone at Kroenke Sports is thrilled to bring the National Lacrosse League to Colorado," said E. Stanley Kroenke. "We're looking forward to showcasing the fun, action and excitement of this growing sport to the best sports fans in the country."
'We could not be more excited to add Denver to the growing landscape of the NLL,' said Commissioner Jim Jennings. 'The fans of Colorado have shown great support for their professional teams. The same will happen for lacrosse.
Denver is an important piece of our growing presence into the Western halves of the United States and Canada. With Denver joining Vancouver and Calgary, and with more Western expansion on the horizon, we are truly becoming a national league.'
The fans of Denver inherit one of the League's most exciting teams. The former Washington Power franchise has reached the Champion's Cup semi-finals in each of the past two seasons, and is led by Gary Gait, the League's all time leading scorer. Gait helped power an offense that scored an average of nearly sixteen goals per game.
Charlie Wright, Chief Financial Officer of KSE, will serve as Governor of the Denver team. The club will retain the services of Steve Govett. Govett was the President, General Manager and Alternate Governor of the franchise during its time and Washington, and will continue in those roles. Alexandra Santiago also makes the move from Washington to Denver as Director of Lacrosse Operations.
The team will have a new name and logo, to be released in the coming weeks. For season tickets and other information, please call 303.405.1101 or visit coloradolax.com.