The new playoff format the MLL is using this year gives the number one and two seeds home-field advantage and a week of rest and preparation between the semifinals and championship game. This format makes sense as it will allow the home team to generate more revenue by having their home fans come and watch potentially creating nice attendance numbers. The thought of having the MLL Championship Game in Atlanta would prime the area for the new Atlanta expansion team. Well, mission not accomplished! Atlanta is nice but there will not be an Atlanta expansion team next year. The two top seeds Denver and Rochester will not be playing at their home fields due to stadium scheduling issues, so each team will have their home semifinal game at alternate sights. In Denver's case, they will be playing at the University of Denver's Barton Field which has a seating capacity of 2,000 people. The Outlaws have been averaging an attendance 10,000 at their games so where do the other 8,000 people sit? Answer: Their living rooms. The point of this home-field advantage was to allow the fans of that team to enjoy their teams successful run, again mission not accomplished! The Rochester rattlers will also be playing at a stadium that has a seating capacity of 2,000! Some could argue that Rochester has averaged 1,300 fans at their games so hey 2,000 seats works. Wegman's Stadium is located on Aquinas Institute, a high school! Really? A professional league playing their semifinal playoff game at a high school that holds 2,000!
This is the MLL's big moment, their playoffs, two of the biggest games of the year and one will be played at a high school and the other at a 2,000 seat stadium for 10,000 fans. The MLL is a professional sports league and the best that can be done is a stadium that seats 2,000 and a high school field, not a good showing. It would appear this has not materialized as planned, Some might say failed!