Adrenaline release 2008 schedule, will open at home on March 30
PRESCOTT VALLEY - On any given Sunday ... Monday ... Tuesday ... Friday ... or Saturday.
That's how things shape up for the Arizona Adrenaline, who had to do some date-juggling before officially releasing their 2008 schedule Monday afternoon.
The Adrenaline will play on five different days of the week, including three home games on Saturday nights (7:00), three more on Sunday afternoons (4:00) and one on Monday evening (7:00) as they make their maiden launch in the American Indoor Football Association.
The availability of Tim's Toyota Center in relation to possible playoff dates for the Arizona Sundogs hockey team was the reason the Adrenaline had to alter a few home dates. Meanwhile, the Utah franchise also had some arena availability questions, forcing the Adrenaline to play in Utah on a Tuesday (May 6). Arizona is also on the road for two Friday night games (April 4, May 30) in Wyoming.
"We did juggle a little bit, but I think it's a good thing as far as diversity goes," Adrenaline co-owner and IDC Sports Ventures President and CEO Wade Cunningham said.
"Not knowing how deep the Sundogs would go in the playoffs made it a little difficult, but I'm really happy with the way things turned out. We still get the three Saturday night games. The three Sunday games are at 4 o'clock, which gives everyone time to go to church in the morning and get home early enough for work the next day. And the one Monday night game is in June when the kids are out of school. We think it will work out pretty well for us."
The Adrenaline will open their season at home on March 30 against West Division foe New Mexico, an Albuquerque-based team that Arizona will know all too well by season's end.
Until the playoffs begin in early-July, all games are intra-division in the 16-team AIFA. Because of proximity, the Adrenaline and New Mexico Wildcats will play six games, while Arizona meets Wyoming and Utah four times each.
The playoffs will then pit the top finisher in the West Division against the No. 2 team in the South (Augusta, Columbus, Florida, Mississippi) and the South's No. 1 vs. the West's No. 2. Those winners will meet the following week to establish a Western Conference champion, who will then travel to meet the Eastern Conference's survivor in the AIFA Championship Bowl II in late July.
With the six meetings, Cunningham sees a natural rivalry with New Mexico, but says the clashes with the Wyoming Calvary could loom large as well.
"Wyoming played in the championship game of the NIFL (National Indoor Football League) last year," Cunningham said. "They've played indoor football for the last seven years and return just about all of their team. They might be the team to beat."
The Adrenaline close their regular season at home against Wyoming on June 28.
Adrenaline Notes: After discussions, the Adrenaline will not play the Arizona Rattlers in a preseason game ... Phoenix-based Global Entertainment Corporation, which owns Tim's Toyota Center and New Mexico's Santa Ana Star Center, has granted the AIFA the right of first refusal for indoor football in any of its current or future arena facilities ... The Arena Bowl will rotate each year between East and West sites, with this year's game at the home of the East champ ... The Pittsburgh RiverRats recently moved to Erie, Pa. for the 2008 AIFA season.
2008 Arizona Adrenaline Schedule
Game Date Time
vs. N.M. March 30 4 p.m.
at Wyo. April 4 TBA
vs. N.M. April 12 7 p.m.
vs. Utah April 20 4 p.m.
at N.M. April 26 TBA
at Utah May 6 TBA
vs. Wyo. May 11 4 p.m.
at N.M. May 17 TBA
vs. Utah May 24 7 p.m.
at Wyo. May 30 TBA
at N.M. June 7 TBA
vs. N.M. June 16 7 p.m.
at Utah June 21 TBA
vs. Wyo. June 28 7 p.m.
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