By Geetika Bedi | June 8, 2021
The Toronto Rock was established in 1999 as a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). In their 22 years as a franchise, they have won six NLL Championships and have tied with the Philadelphia Wings for the most championship wins in the league’s history. For 20 seasons the Rock have played in the heart of downtown Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena and recently made the hard decision to make a change. In May 2021, the Rock announced their new home in the City of Hamilton and will be playing at the FirstOntario Centre.
When asked about the transition to Hamilton and how the decision to keep the “Toronto Rock” would impact the team, Owner, President and GM of the team, Jamie Dawick had this to say, “we absolutely considered it […] that being said, we have always represented the GTHA and nothing’s changed in that regard, just the location of our home games. We’re the same team, the same franchise, playing our games in a different building and community. We are playing in Hamilton because it’s where we want to be for the long-term.”
Hamilton has always been a city that embraced sports. In 1930, Hamilton was the host city for the first-ever Commonwealth Games and it is now known for many of its sports teams such as the Hamilton Bulldogs and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The addition of the Toronto Rock in this city will allow fans to experience sports teams of various levels.
The FirstOntario Centre will be a location that all fans are able to conveniently attend. Additionally, most of the season games will be held on Saturdays in order to better accommodate the fans. The Rock have shown time and time again that they value their fans and this move will allow them to create new memories together, as well as introduce new fans to Canada’s national sport and all its excitement.
Source of Quote: https://torontorock.com/news/rock-relocate-home-games-to-hamilton/