WASHINGTON, DC (April 14, 2021) - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) powered by Ticketmaster announced today that the league will travel to Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2021. Audi Field will host the 2021 PLL Championship.
“Audi Field is a world-class venue, fit for a championship stage,” said PLL Co-Founder and CMO Paul Rabil. “Fans and players from the D.C. region will enjoy the best our game has to offer as we track a competitive, season-long Road to Championship Weekend. We’re thrilled to host the 2021 PLL Championship in the greater Washington Metropolitan region, one of the hotbeds of lacrosse.”
The Road to D.C. will begin with the quarterfinals at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. The semifinals will be played at Subaru Park in Philadelphia.
“Our vision for Audi Field was always that it would play host to world class sports events beyond just our MLS Season,” said Harry Hardy, Executive Vice President of D.C. United. “We are proud to once again partner with Premier League Lacrosse and welcome their passionate fans back to D.C. for their Championship Game.”
The PLL will work with its venue partners to maintain compliance with local and state governance regarding health and safety best practices. This will include standardized weekend-to-weekend health and safety measures, including but not limited to: seating pods, social distancing, enhanced venue cleaning, mobile ticketing, hand sanitation stations, staff and attendee mask requirements. Similar to the 2020 season, the PLL will be working with a committee of medical professionals to develop health and safety protocols for all players, staff, and fans as well.
"As the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Events DC is honored to host the Premier Lacrosse League for the 2021 Championship,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Events DC. “Our region is home to a passionate and robust lacrosse community that shares the excitement of welcoming the PLL back to DC this year. It’s our mission to attract world-class sporting events that showcase Washington, DC as a leading and dynamic destination for sports. Hosting the PLL Championship will provide residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy high-quality professional lacrosse and build upon the league’s past success here in 2019.”
The 2021 PLL season will include 11 tour stops from June to September. For the third consecutive year, PLL games will be distributed via an exclusive media rights agreement with NBC Sports Group with action being shown through a combination of NBC, NBCSN, and Peacock TV.
For more information about the 2021 PLL season, visit www.premierlacrosseleague.com/schedule.
ABOUT PREMIER LACROSSE LEAGUE
The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) is a men’s professional lacrosse league in North America, composed of 8 teams rostered with the best players in the world. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the Premier Lacrosse League is backed by an investment group composed of Joe Tsai Sports, Brett Jefferson Holdings, The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and other top investors in sports and media. The PLL was named Sports Breakthrough of the Year in 2020 by the Sports Business Journal and is distributed through an exclusive media-rights agreement with NBC Universal. For more information, visit www.premierlacrosseleague.com and follow on social media: Instagram (@PLL), Twitter (@PremierLacrosse), Facebook (@PremierLacrosseLeague), YouTube (YouTube.com/PLL) and TikTok (@pll).
ABOUT AUDI FIELD
D.C. United have called the District home for the past 25 seasons and continued that tradition when they moved into their new state-of-the-art and soccer-specific 20,000-seat stadium, Audi Field, in Buzzard Point, Southwest D.C., in July 2018.
Beyond being a soccer stadium, Audi Field hosts over 100 events year-round ranging from corporate meetings, receptions, galas and celebrations, including the District’s premier arts, culinary, and music festival, Unite the District Fest. Audi Field will soon be home to America’s number one sportsbook through a partnership with FanDuel Group, offering a full-slate of entertainment options for fans, visitors, and the surrounding Buzzard Point neighborhood.
ABOUT EVENTS DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation's capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District's hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, The Fields at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at www.RFKFields.com. Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena, all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.