Yet it has been Philadelphia, not universally known as a lacrosse center, that has had the highest average attendance so far. The Wings drew 12,841 for their opening night game at The Spectrum. It might have been more except that the town was going crazy over the Flyers' Stanley Cup victory that afternoon in the same arena. Philly has averaged 10,500 a game, and there have been crowds of 9,100 in Montreal and 7,200 in Maryland—much larger than all but outrageous optimists had predicted.
If the NLL holds up well this season, will it expand? Chances are that it will, and perhaps it will even get a few more Americans into the lineups along with the Canadians and raise the dismal pay scale—an average season salary is now about $6,500. If the league does expand, there are some dandy nicknames available in the amateur ranks in British Columbia. How does the New Westminster Salmon Bellies strike you?
Good night, Attila. Good night, Crunch.