The Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse are re-branding and changing their name to the New York Lizards. The changes were made due to the Lizards expanding their territorial footprint into New York City, Westchester County, New Jersey and southern Connecticut.

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"When the new ownership group took over the Lizards in May of this year, we negotiated a deal with Major League Lacrosse to expand the Lizards' exclusive territory," Lizards CEO Jeffrey Rudnick said. "It grew from just Long Island, to now also include New York City, Westchester County, the state of New Jersey, and southern Connecticut. With this tremendous market the Lizards are now a part of, it made sense to change the name to the New York Lizards."

The Lizards will also play two home games at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island during the 2013 season. However, the Lizards will continue to play most of their home games at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University.