NALL considers additional lacrosse team for Rochester

January 1, 2013 by  

The possibility of adding a second lacrosse team to Rochester, New York, is being explored by the North American Lacrosse League (NALL) as part of its plans for expansion in 2014.

A number of sources have confirmed that several groups in Rochester have expressed interest in ownership to the league. Presently, the teams of five cities – Rhode Island, Lehigh Valley, Kentucky, Boston, and Baltimore – compete professionally in the NALL.

If a new team were to be formed in Rochester, it would play in the Henrietta Dome, which is situated in the Monroe County Fairgrounds outside of the city.

Dr. Sev Hrywnak is the current owner of Rochester’s basketball team, the Rochester RazorSharks, which competes in the Premier Basketball League. He is reported to be in the last stages of acquiring the Henrietta Dome facility.

Several million dollars could be spent in modernizing the building, which is more than 35 years old. The venue’s seating capacity could be increased to 7,000, and the installation of an ice rink is said to be in the works. Venues often turn to professional printing companies to provide material that outlines new facilities available.

Hrywnak has called the prospect of a new addition to the lacrosse league playing its opening season in the newly refurbished Henrietta Dome “very exciting”. He confirmed that there will be a variety of new amenities for both the teams and the fans to enjoy at the venue when the renovations are complete.

A professional indoor lacrosse league, the NALL was established in the January of 2012. Lacrosse is one of the United States’ fastest growing sports, with more than half a million participants and an estimated growth rate of around 200% since 2001.