June 2, 2010 - Indoor Football League (IFL)
Richmond, Virginia: The Rochester Raiders are set to make industry history on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, NY will be the site of the first ever indoor football game played at an outdoor venue.
The roughly 17,000 seat modern venue, complete with jumbotron, will house the hosting Raiders as they take on the Chicago Slaughter.
For the sheer magnitude of such an event, Raiders owner Dave McCarthy says, "Think when the [Buffalo] Sabres played their outdoor game". The reference made from the Sabres being one of the few teams so far to take part in the NHL's yearly outdoor game. McCarthy also stated that this game will be "A wild thing to see".
Adding to the events allure will be the presence of NFL greats. Jim McMahon and Steve McMichael will be on hand for the festivities.
Jarrett Payton, son of former NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton, will be one of the main stars to watch on the field. Payton is one of the premier running backs in the IFL.
Slaughter General Manager Alan Perkins is excited to watch Payton in this outdoor element. "Jarrett is a great athlete and can adapt to any facet of the game". Perkins is also comforted that aside from being outdoors, the field and in game elements remain the same as regular indoor games. Perkins only hope is that, "...there is no rain or snow, you never know in New York".
The innovative concept is also lauded by the league. IFL Commissioner Tommy Benizio is excited to see the type of play this creative endeavor can bring. "The IFL variety of indoor football most closely represents the NFL outdoor game," says Benizio. "It makes this special event very fitting for the league".
Thursday night at 6:30 PM there will be a session at Marina Auto Stadium for the media. An official press conference will also take place at the stadium on Friday featuring Jarrett Payton and Steve McMichael with the time to be announced. Kick-Off for this ground breaking game will begin at 7:30 PM on Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.rochesterraiders.com or http://www.goifl.com
The Indoor Football League was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and United Indoor Football Association. It consists of 25 teams located across the United States from Alaska to Washington D.C. For more information about all things IFL log on to http://www.GoIFL.com or contact Jeremy Hirsch, IFL Communications Department, at the league office, (804)643-7277.
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