Major League Lacrosse has announced the Connecticut Hammerheads as its newest team for the 2020 season.
The Hammerheads will play at Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium, a 3,500-capacity venue on the Fairfield University Campus in Fairfield, Connecticut. Bill Warder has been named the team’s head coach.
“We are thrilled to bring the first major professional team to Fairfield,” said MLL commissioner Sandy Brown. “With a growing national spotlight in our sport, Connecticut seemed a perfect fit to host the next MLL team.”
In January, MLL switched from a franchise model to a single-entity structure. Starting with the 2020 season, MLL will own and operate all teams: Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, New York Lizards, and now the Connecticut Hammerheads.
Earlier this week, MLL announced it would not operate the Dallas Rattlers for the 2020 season.
A number of MLL players moved to the start-up Premier Lacrosse League, which has gained significant media attention and commercial relevance since debuting in 2019. In response, the MLL closed three teams – the Charlotte Hounds, Florida Launch and Ohio Machine – and reacquired all of its media rights prior to the 2019 season.
Now it has moved to a single entity structure to try to maintain its position in the US sporting landscape. It has also been reported that some of the teams may relocate to the northwest US to create a more regional league.