BOSTON -- The Boston Blazers professional indoor lacrosse team announced today it will temporarily suspend operations for the 2012 National Lacrosse League (NLL) season as the team begins the preliminary steps for franchise relocation to a new home facility for the 2013 season. Under the direction of Team President and General Manager Doug Reffue, the team is initiating a six-month strategic plan to evaluate prospective home arena venues, both locally and nationally, where the Blazers can play the 2013 campaign and beyond.
The Blazers' business operations will be maintained in an "offseason" capacity throughout the 2012 season. The club will continue to host its youth related community programs and philanthropic activities.
"This temporary suspension represents the first phase of a relocation process as we evaluate potential home venues for the 2013 NLL season and beyond," said Reffue. "We are interested in partnering with an arena where we can build on the momentum created over the past three seasons and forge a long-term win-win relationship between the team, the local corporate community and a facility operator. At this early stage of the process, we are already in active discussions with several prospective venues. As General Manager, my goal is to win and build a Blazers team that competes for the NLL title every season. In order to reach this goal, we need an arena partner who shares our same vision and is strongly committed to growing professional indoor lacrosse in their market."
Added Reffue, "We have enjoyed a strong base of support from Boston fans over the last three years - they have been the lifeblood of our organization. We will keep them informed as we march toward the 2013 season. We look forward to sharing information about the Blazers' next chapter in the weeks and months ahead and will be posting updates on our website and Facebook page."
All season tickets purchased for the 2012 season will be refunded in full. Questions regarding season tickets should be directed to the Blazers front office at 888-BLAZERS.