07/20/2015 11:43 EDT | Updated 07/20/2016 05:59 EDT

Defending league champions Edmonton Rush relocate NLL franchise to Saskatoon

EDMONTON - The National Lacrosse League's defending champions are relocating.

The Edmonton Rush announced on Monday that they are moving the franchise to Saskatoon for the 2016 season.

"This is a day of mixed emotions as we are very excited about what is to come in Saskatchewan, but at the same time, we are saddened to leave our outstanding Edmonton fans," said Rush owner and governor Bruce Urban in a statement.

A release says that the team was unable to secure a long-term arena solution in Edmonton and their only remaining choice was to relocate.

The Rush applied to the NLL for relocation and received approval from the league's board of governors.

The Saskatchewan Rush will play out of the SaskTel Centre, home to the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades. The arena sets 15,100 for hockey and lacrosse.

Edmonton beat the Toronto Rock for the league title in June.