Rush gush over Leduc practice facility

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:01 AM ET

If they're the Edmonton Rush, why would they claim the Leduc Recreation Centre as their official home for practices?

One look at the revamped facility, which includes a pair of new fieldhouses, holds the answer.

"The turf itself is a little different from what we worked with in Colorado with the hybrid turf," said forward Gavin Prout.

"Getting out here, it's not hard on the body. It's a beautiful facility, it's got plenty of room out here for everybody and it's not too far away from when we're flying in and out.

"It's definitely very easy to get to ... in the middle of nowhere where you can get out there and not worry about what you're doing next. You just focus on lacrosse."

If it's good enough for Brodie Merrill -- arguably the face of the NLL -- it's got to be good for the rest of the team.

"It makes things so much easier when you have a nice facility," Merrill said.

"It's a great surface here and just overall nice amenities, so it certainly makes it easier to come in and focus on getting ready."

Of course, playing any professional sport in Edmonton brings connotations and expectations from fans.

"Edmonton is definitely a very sports-oriented town -- just look at the Oilers," Prout said.

"As long as you're winning, the Edmonton sports fans will follow. I think that's what they're trying to build here."

And locally, lacrosse is treated no differently.

"There's a core of lacrosse fans but they are going to be branching out into some new markets and as soon as you get a successful team in Edmonton, people tend to flock to the games and want to see what all the hype is about," Prout said.

"So I hope we can bring that to the table for Edmonton."


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