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March 23, 2016

Major League Lacrosse Returns to Atlanta for 2016 Championship

Boston, MA (March 23, 2016) - Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today the location for the season-ending marquee event, the 2016 Championship Game. The season will finish once again in metro Atlanta on Saturday, August 20 with the 2016 Championship Game hosted at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the campus of Kennesaw State University. This marks the third consecutive year that the greater Atlanta area has hosted the MLL Championship Game.

“We’ve had an amazing relationship in Atlanta with the fans, the Atlanta Sports Council and the folks at Fifth Third Bank Stadium,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “We’re honored to work with the Blaze organization to bring the 2016 Championship Game back to the greater Atlanta area. The fans have made this an incredibly special event and we’re looking forward to capping off the 2016 season with another great experience for all involved.”

For the past two years, the Fifth Third Bank Stadium has hosted the final showdown of the MLL season for a crowd of over 8,000 energetic fans. The successes of the MLL Championships and the passion of the fan base have brought the newest MLL expansion team to Georgia with the development of the Atlanta Blaze.

"The Atlanta Blaze is extremely excited to be hosting the MLL Championship in our inaugural season,” said Atlanta Blaze Vice President, Liam Banks. “Our Blaze fans are great lacrosse fans who appreciate lacrosse played at the highest level. We are thrilled to be hosting the 2016 Championship at Fifth Third Bank Stadium and know it’s going to be an incredible day for fans in Atlanta.”

The 2016 MLL Championship Game will be a culmination of efforts from MLL, the Atlanta Sports Council and the local business community.

The Atlanta Sports Council, a division of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, has a decorated history of attracting and supporting major sporting events to the Atlanta region, such as two Super Bowls, two NCAA Women’s Final Fours and five NCAA Men’s Final Fours. “The success of the previous two MLL Championships at Fifth Third Bank Stadium speaks directly to the region’s growth and excitement around the sport,” said Executive Director of the Atlanta Sports Council, Dan Corso. “We look forward to working once again with our partners in Cobb County and MLL to host a memorable season finale for the players and fans for a third consecutive year.”

Major League Lacrosse and LB3 Lacrosse, in coordination with Kennesaw State University and the Atlanta Sports Council, brought the first MLL game to Georgia in 2013. The Fifth Third Bank Stadium is designed to provide fans the opportunity to get close to the fast-paced action on the field.

For the first time in League history, the Semi-Final Games will be held at two neutral locations. The National Sports Center Stadium in Blaine, Minnesota and Rafferty Stadium at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut will each host a Semi-Final Game on Saturday, August 13.

For more information on the 2016 MLL Championship, updates on purchasing tickets, and information on all MLL-related events, please visit www.majorleaguelacrosse.com.

About the Atlanta Sports Council
The Atlanta Sports Council promotes the value of sports growth in Atlanta and Georgia by acting as an authority on the economic impact, visibility and quality of life issues associated with sports. Its mission is to lead, organize and support sports development. The Atlanta Sports Council was created in 1985 under the original name of Sports 2000, and is a division of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. For more information, visit www.AtlantaSportsCouncil.com.

About Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Fifth Third Bank Stadium is an 8,300-seat state-of-the-art stadium built in 2010 in partnership with the former Women’s Professional Soccer team Atlanta Beat, designed to showcase a variety of events. It has hosted Major League Soccer, KSU Soccer and Lacrosse, the Southern Lacrosse Showdown, NCAA Women’s College Cup, concerts and music festivals. Situated within a beautiful 88-acre KSU Sports and Recreation Park, the facility is conveniently located just one mile from both I-75 and I-575 in Cobb County, which is often referred to as Atlanta’s sweet spot.

About Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries. KSU Athletics attained NCAA Division I status in 2006, and its 16 sports (7 men’s, 9 women’s) compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference

About Major League Lacrosse

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June 2001 and will embark on its sixteenth season. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of nine teams: The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.

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