August 12, 2009

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NLL's Titans Relocate to Orlando

from press release

The National Lacrosse League now has a team in Florida. The Orlando Titans will become the first-ever professional lacrosse team in the Sunshine State. The Titans will play their home games at Amway Arena, home of the NBA Orlando Magic, starting in January. The Titans introduced themselves to the Orlando media at a press conference on Wednesday.

"We are both pleased and excited to bring the NLL to Orlando and the Central Florida sports scene," said Titans President Steve Donner. "Although the game has its roots in Canada and the northeast, lacrosse is experiencing tremendous growth in Florida with the emergence of club and high school teams throughout the state."

Donner added that careful consideration was given in bringing indoor lacrosse to Orlando. "Team owner Gary Rosenbach and I researched the Orlando market for nearly three years. We believe the excitement, the atmosphere and the affordability of the NLL will mesh well with Orlando's demographics. In short, we believe in this market and we believe in this game."

"We are excited that NLL action is coming to Orlando", said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. "The Titans are the first professional lacrosse team in the state of Florida. We look forward to seeing the world's best lacrosse players entertaining fans at the Amway Arena starting in January."

Unlike many expansion teams, Donner believes the Titans will not only be competitive but will also compete for a championship in their first season. The roster will be composed mainly of players from the 2009 New York franchise, which played in the Champions Cup Final last year. Ed Comeau, who won four NLL titles as an assistant coach for Toronto before winning as a head coach with Rochester in 2007, will serve as the Titans Head Coach.

The team's new website can be found at orlandotitans.com. Season tickets are now on sale.


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