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NLL is Coming Back to Pennsylvania! Just for One Night

Sorry if the first part of the headline got your hopes up, but one night is totally better than nothing! The NLL just announced today that a preseason exhibition game between the New England Black Wolves (the former Philadelphia Wings) and the Buffalo Bandits will be held in the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, on December 19th!

This is the first time that the National Lacrosse League has returned to the state since the Wings re-branded as the Black Wolves and moved off to Connecticut right before last winter. The move was a shock to many eastern Pennsylvania inhabitants who had grown close to the historic Philadelphia Wings organization over the NLL years from 1986 to 2014 and potentially even as far back at 1974. The group was one of the most popular and successful lacrosse programs in history.

Although Allentown is a little over an hour north of Philly, you can be sure many of those who file into the PPL Arena will be former supporters of the Red and Black and will be fired up to see former Wings like Kevin Buchanan, Kevin Crowley, Garrett Thul, Pat Saunders, Brett Manney and a few others return to Pennsylvania to play professional box lacrosse, even if it is only for one night!

A New Hope?

The Lehigh Valley region has an ever-growing demand for more lacrosse, especially the indoor game, which should mean solid attendance and a rowdy crowd packing into the 8,500 seat arena.

Could this be a potential new home for a NLL team? Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 16th, and can be purchases for $17 at PPLCenter.com and at the arena box office. If you want to see the Wings, or another pro box franchise come back to the region, you better show up and scream your head off.

Bring friends, family and anyone you know that loves sports, lacrosse, live entertainment… you get where I’m going with this. The more Wings fans that show up only mean better chances of the team’s revival, but at least it could mean that thousands of passionate lacrosse fans were able to cheer a time back to eastern Pennsylvania.

Prove to the NLL that they need to bring a team back toward Philadelphia, and the intimate arena a little over an hour north of town could be the perfect stepping stone!

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Let me know what you think of having box lacrosse in the Lehigh Valley and be sure to let us know if you plan on going out to the game!