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Desert Dogs to begin inaugural pro lacrosse season in December

Updated September 20, 2022 - 9:31 am

The Las Vegas Desert Dogs will begin their inaugural National Lacrosse League season Dec. 9 against the Panther City LC in Fort Worth, Texas.

Panther City will then play the Desert Dogs on Dec. 16 in the club’s first-ever home game at Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay, the team announced Tuesday. The Desert Dogs home opener will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and available via the ESPN+ streaming service.

In all, the Desert Dogs will play an 18-game regular season, with nine each at home and away. All the team’s games fall on Fridays or Saturdays starting in December and running through the regular season finale April 29 at home against the Saskatchewan Rush.

“We’re looking forward to an exciting, highly-competitive schedule in our inaugural season,” coach and general manager Shawn Williams said in a statement. “We have some amazing home matchups on our plate and I can’t wait for our fans here in Vegas to experience the game of box lacrosse up close and personal.”

Fans can purchase tickets to the first home game Tuesday through Thursday on the team’s website. The Desert Dogs will host two home games per month during the season.

Those who miss the early bird sale for the inaugural home game can join a wait list on the Desert Dogs website to be notified when single game tickets are available. Season ticket information can also be found on the team’s website.

The Desert Dogs season includes a home game against the defending league champion, the Colorado Mammoth, on Feb. 4 at Michelob Ultra Arena.

Announced last year, the Desert Dogs are co-owned by Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, pro golfer Dustin Johnson and Nets coach Steve Nash.

Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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