All-Star event like no other

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

The National Lacrosse League's strongest franchise is poised to take the NLL all-star game to uncharted territory.

The Toronto Rock, which will finish the season with the best record and average attendance (17,123) in the 10-team league, was awarded the 2006 NLL all-star game yesterday.

The all-star game will be played Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Air Canada Centre, but the Rock is expecting to play host to a regular-season game on Feb. 24 and is planning various off-floor events for the weekend. Previously, the all-star game has pretty much been a one-day event.

"This franchise is the stellar franchise of our league," NLL commissioner Jim Jennings said. "They play in an unbelievable building and the fans, I think, are the greatest in the NLL."

Tickets, ranging from $31-$72 go on sale May 2. Regular season Rock seats are $21-$52. Rock president Brad Watters said he expects a sellout crowd at the all-star game.

"We want to show why Southern Ontario is the hotbed of lacrosse in North America," he said. "It's not just going to be a three-hour game, it will be a 48- or 72-hour weekend."

Meanwhile, Jennings said the only team uncertain to return to the NLL next season is the Anaheim Storm. Jennings is hoping to add a couple of expansion teams.

Groups in New York, Hartford and Edmonton have expressed interest.


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