The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and the City of Quincy announced a new partnership today that will bring Cannons home games to Veterans Memorial Stadium beginning in the 2019 season. As part of the agreement, the Cannons will make a significant investment to enhance the historic stadium, which is home to both Quincy and North Quincy High School athletics. The Cannons will play their first of eight home games at the stadium on June 1 vs. the Ohio Machine.
The Cannons have strong roots in Quincy and the South Shore. In 2013, Rob Hale, the President and CEO of Quincy-based Granite Telecommunications purchased a majority ownership of the club after being a part of the ownership group since 2008. In 2016, the Cannons moved their executive offices to Quincy.
“The Boston Cannons organization is both excited and proud to call Quincy’s Veteran’s Memorial Stadium our new home,” said Ian Frenette, President of the Boston Cannons. “With the expanding Major League Lacrosse schedule, it was an opportunity for us to assess the best possible home for our organization and we’re thrilled to partner with the City of Quincy. Along with game days, moving to the stadium provides our organization a greater opportunity to grow the game of lacrosse throughout Greater Boston with increased youth clinics, camps, tournaments and presence.”
Prior to the Cannons playing their first home game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in June, the organization will invest in significant improvements in the stadium that will benefit all users of the venue from the youth to high school levels.
Mayor Thomas P Koch shared, “The Boston Cannons will offer the city of Quincy a professional sports venue as well as contribute funds for improvements to Veteran‘s Memorial Stadium that will benefit our young athletes and spectators. Families and friends can share Saturday summer nights in the city enjoying this dynamic team. “
“Veterans Memorial Stadium provides great convenience to our fans, located just eight miles from Boston and easily accessible by Interstate-93 and the MBTA Red Line. We think that lacrosse fans across Massachusetts are going to enjoy experiencing our games at the stadium,” Frenette continued. “Quincy has seen tremendous growth as a city under Mayor Koch’s leadership and we’re excited to be a part of that momentum while providing our fans with an amazing venue to watch the Cannons play.”
Veteran’s Memorial Stadium can seat more than 5,000 and used by Quincy High School and North Quincy High School football, as well as youth, club and high school soccer and lacrosse and other community organizations. The Cannons most recently called Harvard Stadium their home.
The Cannons will begin the 2019 season as part of Major League Lacrosse’s new post-Memorial Day schedule with an expanded 16-game season (eight home, eight away), increased by two games from previous seasons.
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