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Connecticut Hammerheads Are MLL’s Newest Franchise

Major League Lacrosse is proud to introduce the league’s newest franchise, the Connecticut Hammerheads, Commissioner Alexander Brown announced today.

The Hammerheads will host their games on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium that was built in 2015 on the Fairfield University Campus in Fairfield, Connecticut. Play for the 2020 season will begin May 30. 

“We are thrilled to bring the first major professional team to Fairfield,” said Brown. “MLL enjoyed a tremendous experience hosting a 2016 semifinal game at Fairfield, and we know that Fairfield University offers our athletes, fans and partners the ideal viewing experience. With a growing national spotlight in our sport, Connecticut seemed a perfect fit to host the next MLL team.” 

Rafferty Stadium is a 3,500-seat venue that features state-of-the-art-sound and lighting and a FieldTurf playing surface. The facility contains a Daktronics HD video board, two VIP suites and a press box that features a large media suite. On the ground level, fans will enjoy a full array of food and beverage concessions and exclusive Hammerhead merchandise. 

“We are proud to welcome the Hammerheads to their new home at Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. We appreciate the league’s confidence in Fairfield University and are excited to welcome lacrosse fans from across the region to visit our campus,” said Jennifer Anderson, Fairfield University Vice President of Marketing and Communications. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Major League Lacrosse and the Connecticut Hammerheads to the Fairfield University campus,” Paul Schlickmann, Fairfield Director of Athletics added. “As our athletic programs continue to grow, it is important to build strategic partnerships with organizations like the MLL to expand our reputation nationally and showcase our exceptional facilities such as Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium.” 

In addition, Major League Lacrosse has named Bill Warder head coach of the Hammerheads. Warder has served as a coach in Major League Lacrosse for twelve years. In that time, he was the assistant coach for the 2008 MLL champions and was named the 2018 MLL Coach of the Year. He had a decorated playing career as the starting goalie for Hobart College for the 1993 Division III NCAA National Championship team and the 1994 Division III finalist, then played professionally in MLL and the National Lacrosse League (NLL). 

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