Major League Lacrosse is coming to South Florida.
The league announced Thursday that a franchise, called the Florida Launch, will begin MLL play in 2014.
The Launch is the first Florida MLL franchise, and the league said Thursday that the team will play in Palm Beach County.
FAU Stadium hosted the 2012 MLL All-Star Game and a 2013 Hamilton Nationals home game. A home field for the Launch has not been determined, but MLL has been in conversations to use FAU Stadium for the team's seven-game home schedule. The MLL regular season runs from late April to early August.
The Launch will use the majority of the Hamilton Nationals' roster, keeping the league at eight teams. It's not clear if the Nationals' front office and staff will also transfer south. The team will be coached by Stan Ross, who was a former assistant with the Denver Outlaws.
"South Florida has always been a target market for us," said MLL Commissioner David Gross said in a statement Thursday. "After the 2012 All-Star Game and last year's exhibition, we felt the market was ready for a team and we are confident that bringing the professional game there will help with the continuous growth of the sport."
The Launch will have a supplemental draft on Dec. 4 to help fill the team's roster.
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