At a Friday afternoon press conference the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced that their inaugural 2019 season will kickoff at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, on June 1st and 2nd.
Gillette Stadium, home to the New England Patriots, has hosted multiple lacrosse events in the past. Most recently, Gillette Stadium played host to the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Men’s lacrosse DI championship and semifinals, and the DII and DIII championships.
There is a deep rooted lacrosse connection to Gillette Stadium and their primary occupants, New England Patriots.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick played lacrosse at DIII Wesleyan and has a good relationship with many in the sport, including PLL co-founder Paul Rabil. Billechik’s son played at Rutgers and his daughter is the head women’s coach at Holy Cross.
Patriots wider receiver Chris Hogan played lacrosse at Penn State before playing football at Monmouth and then in the NFL. Hogan has also been listed as an investor in the PLL. Patriots assistant coaches Chris Mattes and Mike Pellegrino both played in college. Mattes still plays in the MLL for the Florida Launch.
PLL co-founder Paul Rabil sated at the end of the press conference that the rest of the locations and venues for the inaugural 2019 PLL season will be announced at the end of the month.
Last month the PLL announced their 30 finalist cities for their inaugural 2019 season.