LOS ANGELES WELCOMES ITS NEWEST PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISE THE LA GILTINIS TEAM WILL PLAY ITS HOME MATCHES AT THE ICONIC LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM The Expansion Team Joins 11 Other Teams in the MLR (Major League Rugby)
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LOS ANGELES (February 25, 2021) OpinePR 🎯 — In one month, Los Angeles will welcome its newest professional sports franchise to the City of Angels. The LA Giltinis will begin play at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as a member of the Major League Rugby (MLR) with their first league match to be held March 20th vs. the New England Free Jacks. The full 2021 season schedule can be found by visiting www.giltinis.com and for the full MLR schedule, visit www.majorleague.rugby
MLR was founded in 2018 with seven teams and has since expanded to a total of 13 teams – 12 which will be competing this season and an additional expansion team, the Dallas Jackals will join the league in 2022. The current teams in the league are: Austin (TX) Gilgronis; Houston (TX) Sabercats; New England (Boston) Free Jacks; NOLA (New Orleans) Gold; Old Glory DC (Washington, D.C.); Rugby ATL (Atlanta); Rugby United New York; San Diego Legion; Seattle Seawolves; Toronto Arrows; Utah Warriors; and the newest addition to the league, the Los Angeles Giltinis.
"I'm very excited to have Rugby return to the LA Coliseum for the first time in 65 years," Joe Furin, General Manager, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The LA Giltinis will be led by former Australian Wallabies player and senior sports executive Adam Freier as General Manager.
MLR has continued to prove that fans across North America are falling in love with rugby because of the duality it offers. For some it’s the intensity, physicality and speed of the game that get them hooked. For others it’s the communal celebration after every match where players and fans from both teams come together to celebrate over food and drinks. Los Angeles, after hosting its first LA Sevens, World Rugby Sevens Series to a rousing success, will now have its very own professional Rugby franchise, the LA Giltinis.
“Rugby World Cup is the third biggest sporting event on the planet, and many would agree that Los Angeles is the sporting capital of the world, so it became imperative for this city to have its very own Rugby team in the LA Giltinis,” Freier said.
“The game of Rugby is built upon a rich history. It prides itself on its values and tradition but continues to look at ways to innovate. This is exactly why we are partnering with such an iconic and celebrated sporting arena in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, “The Greatest Stadium in the World” as it is often referred.
“Performance and entertainment will drive what we do here at the LA Giltinis. From our performance on the field, to game day presentation, right through to our broadcast, we will be creative daring and always have our fans front of mind.
“We want to appeal to Rugby fans of all ages and we’ll be working hard to attract plenty of new ones in our local community.
“We have developed and will keep updating COVID-safe plans to ensure our fans can enjoy an experience they have been eagerly awaiting. We can’t wait to have fans in the stands!” Freier explained.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a living memorial to all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I, has been a civic treasure for generations of Angelenos. The legacy of events and individuals hosted in nine-plus-decades reads like no other: the only venue to host two Summer Olympics (Xth Olympiad in 1932, XXIIIrd Olympiad in 1984) and soon a third (XXXIVth Olympiad in 2028); home to college football’s USC Trojans since 1923 and the UCLA Bruins (1928-1981); professional football’s Los Angeles Rams (1946-1979 and 2016-2019), Raiders (1982-1994) and Chargers (1960); hosting three NFL Championships and two Super Bowls; home to the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1960) and the 1959 World Series; appearances by U.S. Presidents Franklin D Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan; and international dignitaries such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela.
On March 29, 2008, the LA Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox set a Guinness World Record for the largest attendance ever at a baseball game with a crowd of 115,300. Other historic events include Billy Graham’s appearance in 1963 in front of 134,254 (still an all-time Coliseum record), Nelson Mandela’s 1990 triumphant return to the United States, the first ever Papal Mass by Pope John Paul II in 1987, and the 1976 Bicentennial Spectacular.
The LA Giltinis headquarters and practice facility will be located in El Segundo, CA. The Giltinis will play all home matches at the legendary and renowned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, known as “The Greatest Stadium in the World.”
For more information, please visit www.giltinis.com
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