Dustin Johnson and Wayne Gretzky invest in LACROSSE franchise

Dustin Johnson, Wayne Gretzky - father of Paulina Gretzky, and Steve Nash invest in National Lacross League's new Las Vegas franchise.

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Tue, 22 Jun 2021
Dustin Johnson and Wayne Gretzky invest in LACROSSE franchise

Dustin Johnson, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Nash have joined Brookyn Nets owner Joe Tsai as investors in the National Lacrosse League's new Las Vegas franchise. 

They have yet to finalise a team name but they have confirmed their Las Vegas outfit will be ready to play in 2022 at MGM's Michelob Ultra Arena, located inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Las Vegas is part of a two-team expansion that includes the Panther City Lacrosse Club in Fort Worth, Texas, which will debut in 2021-22.

Gretzky, who is considered by many as the greatest ice hockey player of all time, is the father of Johnson's fiancee Paulina Gretzky, while Nash, is a Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer.

Johnson has been been engaged to Paulina for eight years, and they recently confirmed they will soon be getting married. 

"It is an honor and privilege to work together to bring the game of box lacrosse to the Las Vegas community," said Johnson, Gretzky and Nash in a joint statement.

"On the business side and across our franchise generally, we will also be forward-thinking and innovative – and all while staying true to the fast-paced and exciting nature of both box lacrosse and the city of Las Vegas. We can’t wait to get started."

Gretzky has played lacrosse since he was six years old as his father thought it would help improve his hockey game, while Nash has also played from a young age. 

Lacrosse is considered to be one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, with participation up 16% from 2015 to 2019, and last year, 30 colleges added men's and women's lacrosse as varsity options to help continue the sport's growth.