Alberni Valley Multiplex to Host Regular Season Game

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs, along with the City of Port Alberni are excited to announce the return of WLA (Western Lacrosse Association) action to the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Saturday June 24th  when the Burnaby Lakers host the Victoria Shamrocks in a regular season contest.

The Shamrocks are returning to Port Alberni for the first time since 2005.

Shamrocks General Manager Chris Welch is excited to have the Shamrocks help showcase the WLA here in Port Alberni. “It’s great for more communities on the Island to be able to see the top level of Canadian lacrosse in their own back yards.”

Welch was a part of the Shamrocks organization when they last played in Port Alberni. “I was able to see and experience first-hand the capacity crowds and the electric atmosphere in the arena with so much energy and enthusiasm.  It was a lot of fun and I have no doubt it will be again in front of the great Alberni Valley fans.”

The Burnaby Lakers will officially be the home club for the Port Alberni game.  Lakers General Manager Kevin Hill is aware of what a game in Port Alberni should be like. “We are looking forward  to playing in Port Alberni.  I know in the past the WLA was very well received and they had a great turn out for the games.  I have heard that Port Alberni is a great sports community and we are looking forward to experiencing it first-hand.”

Bulldogs President David Michaud has envisioned the opportunity to host a game for some time, and now that’s it is officially on the WLA schedule, he is thrilled the community will have the opportunity to see high level lacrosse at the Multiplex. “First and foremost, we want this to be a fun summer night where the community can get together the way we do for Bulldogs games.  This will be a great night and a fun event.  If you haven’t witnessed lacrosse at this level, it’s really entertaining and not something  you will want to miss.” said Michaud.

WLA Commissioner Paul Dal Monte is excited to see Port Alberni have the opportunity to host the WLA once more. “The passion and support for lacrosse on Vancouver Island is legendary, so we’re thrilled to be able to bring a WLA game featuring the Victoria Shamrocks and the Burnaby Lakers to Port Alberni.”

The Shamrocks will arrive to Port Alberni a little early on June 24th and participate in a youth camp at the outdoor Lacrosse Box.  “I’m grateful to Chris Welch and the Shamrocks for wanting to participate in an event for the kids.  Lacrosse is an amazing game and for our local youngsters to have the opportunity to play with, and learn from such high level players will be so good for them.” said Michaud.  Details on the youth camp will be made available later in the spring.

Tickets will be $18.00 for adults and $12.00 for youth 18 & under.  Current Bulldogs season ticket holders will have until April 30th to purchase their seats for the game before they are released to the general public.  Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online or at the Bulldogs Box Office.