The future home of the Minnesota Swarm is Atlanta, Georgia, and they'll debut as the Georgia Swarm at the start of the 2016 National Lacrosse League season.
Swarm Owner John Arlotta last week announced that the team is relocating in an effort to keep advancing the sport's popularity at the professional level, and he says lacrosse is growing fast in Georgia.
“Today is an exciting day as we open a new chapter in team history,” Swarm Owner John Arlotta said Friday, according to a press release on the team's website. “The sport of lacrosse is growing at a rapid pace in Georgia and we’re thrilled to bring the fastest game on two feet at the professional level to The Arena at Gwinnett Center. With its high-scoring nature, and gameplay which resembles hockey and basketball in many ways, the NLL is enjoyable for lacrosse and non-lacrosse fans alike, and is great family entertainment.”
The Swarm will play its home games in an Atlanta-area minor-league hockey arena.
“We are really excited about the guys from Minnesota moving our way,” Stan Hall, executive director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission told the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Fans can stay up-to-date with Swarm information on their new website, GeorgiaSwarm.com.
The Swarm has called Minnesota home for the past 11 years.