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The Buffalo Bandits will open their season Dec. 28 when they host the Philadelphia Wings in First Niagara Center.

The National Lacrosse League released the schedule for the 2013-2014 regular season on Tuesday — the first season in which NLL teams will play an 18-game schedule.

The Bandits will play the Rochester Knighthawks, the defending NLL champion, four times, including Jan. 25 and April 26, the regular season finale, in First Niagara Center.

The other six Bandits home dates are: Toronto (Jan. 10, Feb. 1), Philadelphia (Feb. 15), Minnesota (March 8), Colorado (March 15) and Calgary (April 5).

All nine Bandits home games will begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information will be announced later.