The Philadelphia Wings are one of the original members of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) dating back to the first indoor box lacrosse league in 1974. They were one of the original 4 teams when Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse (which is now the National Lacrosse League) was started in 1987. The Wings have won 6 Championships, the most recent in 2001. (1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001). The Wings originally played at the Spectrum in Philadelphia before being sold to the Mohegan Tribe who relocated the franchise to Connecticut and renamed the team the New England Blackwolves. In 2017, Comcast Spectacor announced the purchase of an expansion NLL team in Philadelphia to play at the Wells Fargo Center starting in 2018. Fans voted for the team name and The Wings won by a landslide and began the new era of Wings Lacrosse in Philadelphia.
About the National Lacrosse League
Founded in 1986, the National Lacrosse League (NLL) is the longest-running and most successful professional lacrosse league, ranking third in average attendance for pro indoor sports behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is currently comprised of 14 franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Fort Worth (to begin play in 2021-22), Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, New England Black Wolves, New York Riptide, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.
According to recent research, the NLL fan is younger (average age 46) than almost every North American professional sports league. Almost sixty percent of its fans come from a non-lacrosse fan base, while the general lacrosse fan has become more engaged than at any point in the history of the league. Most importantly, NLL fans are extremely passionate and engaged, with 58% of NLL fans identifying their favorite NLL team as their favorite sports team. Focusing on a digital-first strategy, every NLL game is distributed on Turner’s B/R Live streaming service available on desktop, iOS, Android, and connected devices. The NLL Game of The Week broadcast is also available on Facebook and Twitter, and averages over 160,000 unique viewers per game this season.