Utah Set to Host PLL Championship Series in 2020
ZIONS BANK STADIUM TO HOST UPCOMING PLL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
World class training facility and stadium in Herriman, Utah to host summer tournament
LOS ANGELES, CA. (June 11, 2020) – The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced today that Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah will host the upcoming PLL Championship Series Powered by Ticketmaster. The three-week quarantined and fanless tournament is scheduled to run from July 25th through August 9th, with players arriving a week in advance, and all 20 games presented live across NBC, NBCSN, and NBC Sports Gold. The PLL was the first professional team sports league in the US to announce a return to play, unveiling its plan for the Championship Series on the TODAY Show in early May.
Throughout the three-week period, PLL players and support staff will be on-site at the state-of-the-art Real Salt Lake Training Academy. All seven PLL clubs will be accommodated for room and board, training and competition at the facilities’ numerous playing fields.
“The support of Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Real Salt Lake Owner Dell Loy Hansen, and the larger Utah Sports Commission have been invaluable in the process of bringing the PLL Championship Series to a reality,” says PLL Co-Founder and CEO Mike Rabil. “With their world-class operators and state-of-the-art facilities we can bring our best version of the PLL to fans around the world.”
“The Utah Sports Commission is excited to partner with Dell Loy Hansen and his organization to host the PLL Championship series in Utah,” said Jeff Robbins, Utah Sports Commission president and CEO. “The event will drive much needed, significant economic impact to Utah as we welcome the Premier Lacrosse League’s Championship Series to our great state.”
“The Premier Lacrosse League strives to be the industry leader in both innovation and on-field competition,” says PLL Co-Founder, CMO, and Atlas LC midfielder Paul Rabil. “As one of the first team sports to return to action this summer, the PLL Championship Series will give the public the excitement they’ve been craving for. As a player, I’m more than thrilled to suit up with my teammates again and begin the hunt for a championship this year.”
“The Zions Bank Training Center in Herriman was built for Real Salt Lake and the Real Monarchs to be one of the finest soccer training facilities in the world,” says Hansen. “We also constructed Zions Bank Stadium and the indoor training facility to be versatile enough to host numerous sports, including rugby and lacrosse. The Premier Lacrosse League Championship Series is just the type of national level event we envisioned. Utah’s best in class healthcare system and dedicated medical professionals have created the public health and safety environment to allow us to host this event at such a critical time. I’m grateful that the PLL has recognized Utah and Zions Bank Training Center as the place to host this historic tournament. We welcome the World’s best lacrosse players to Utah, and are confident that with the health and safety protocols in place, the event will be hugely successful.”
The PLL Championship Series will occur in multiple different phases during the three week tournament. The first week of action will see the seven teams compete in a 14-game group play format to determine seeding for the following week’s single-elimination tournament. The second week will host the beginning of elimination rounds and a championship game to crown the 2020 PLL Champion. A full tournament schedule with game times, broadcast information, and matchups will be announced at a later date. Spectators and fans will not be permitted on location. Additional tournament information can be found here.
The PLL’s COVID-19 Medical Committee has worked constantly with public health organizations over the last three months to develop protocols and procedures to ensure safety for all traveling parties. The Committee, consisting of multiple physicians and infectious disease experts, requires that PLL Championship Series participants self-quarantine for two weeks prior to travel and be tested both before and immediately upon arrival onsite. Subsequently, all parties will be subject to regular testing and symptom monitoring throughout the duration of their stay at Real Salt Lake Training Academy.