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Posted on: January 31, 2023

UPDATE: Professional lacrosse league suspends season; Hammerheads games canceled

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Jan. 31, 2023 - The Professional Box Lacrosse Association announced that all remaining games across the league will be postponed as of January 31, 2023.  The local team, the Hampton Hammerheads, played at the Hampton Coliseum.

Season ticket holders will be contacted and will receive a full refund for the duration of the season. 

The league issued a statement that read: 

“We made a difficult decision to postpone the remainder of the inaugural season,” said owner Carmen Kesner. “Our vision is to implement a fast, physical, safe, and exciting experience for our fans and players.  We believe we have been able to create this experience, but we feel there are elements we need to improve upon.  For that reason, we are halting the season to re-organize the league and team operations.”

Part of that reorganization comes with the appointment of Brad Bryant, the new Chief Executive Officer of the PBLA.  “I’m excited about what is in store for this league.  My goal is to take Mr. Kesner’s concept to the next level and create a sustainable product for years to come that both the players and the fans can be proud of.”

The PBLA recognizes the support of the loyal lacrosse fans and while regretful for this decision, believes that the coming season will prove it to be the right decision.  

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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022 — The Hampton Hammerheads, a box lacrosse team that will play in the Hampton Coliseum, starts its inaugural season on Friday, Dec. 30, with a road game in Salem. The team’s first home game is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 6.

The Hammerheads will play in the new Professional Box Lacrosse Association, which has nine teams along the East Coast from upstate New York to Charlotte, North Carolina. Box lacrosse is an indoor version of the sport, played in an enclosed field with similar dimensions to an ice hockey rink.

The team will play a 14-game regular season through April 15. All games will be played on weekends, with Friday and Saturday games starting at 7 p.m. and Sunday games at 2 p.m. The Hammerheads’ schedule can be found by clicking here. The league has a broadcasting agreement with Lacrosse TV, which is carried on several streaming services and has a YouTube channel. The Hammerheads’ home game on Friday, Feb. 10, is scheduled to be broadcast on Lacrosse TV.

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased by clicking here.

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