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A lacrosse team is coming to the Nassau Coliseum, but it can't be called an anchor tenant

OK, so now the Nassau Coliseum will have an anchor tenant? Not quite.

NLL coming to Long Island with new indoor lacrosse team planned for 2019, Newsday reported 12/11/18, citing the 13th team in the National Lacrosse League, which will start play next December.

Newsday notes that a field lacrosse team already plays at Hofstra University, but the seasons don't overlap. It's only an 18-game season, according to Wikipedia, so that's 9 home games.

So, if average attendance for NLL games last season was just over 11,000 per game, does that mean the Nassau Coliseum will draw similar crowds?

Brett Yormark, CEO of Coliseum operator BSE Global (which also operates Barclays Center), blew some smoke. “We think it’ll do extremely well. The Long Island Nets do very well at the Coliseum, and we’d expect to do it equally as well with the NLL, if not more so."

Problem is, the Long Island Nets draw 2,000 to 2,500 people per game. Yormark should hope lacrosse does much, much better, especially since a new arena in Belmont would be significant competition.

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