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ArenaBowl XX to be played in Las Vegas

October 18, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release

NEW YORK - The Arena Football League's championship game will return to Las Vegas when the city hosts ArenaBowl XX at the Thomas & Mack Center on June 11, 2006. This will be the second consecutive year that the AFL's title game will be played in Las Vegas.

Fans who purchased ticket packages to ArenaBowl XIX will be contacted shortly about renewing their seats for ArenaBowl XX. The public on-sale date will be in November. Fans can add their names to the ArenaBowl XX priority list now by logging on to

"Las Vegas was a great ArenaBowl host and we're excited to bring our premiere event back to one of the world's best party cities," said Commissioner DAVID BAKER. "Fans can expect another weekend of great entertainment and spectacular football, and they just might see another last-second game-winning field goal."

ArenaBowl Weekend will again be filled with interactive player and celebrity events, such as an awards show, concert, fan festival, golf outing, skills challenge and more. Additional details on ArenaBowl Weekend will be released shortly.

"We were very pleased with the results of ArenaBowl XIX," said PAT CHRISTENSON, president of Las Vegas Events. "Las Vegas received tremendous exposure through the AFL's season-long promotional efforts and as the host of the ArenaBowl. We look forward to working with Commissioner Baker and his staff on the continued growth of this event in Las Vegas, a great place for championship football and the most exciting city in the world."

The city was the first to ever host an AFL neutral-site championship game when ArenaBowl XIX was played in Las Vegas to conclude the 2005 season. Colorado Crush kicker CLAY RUSH kicked a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Crush an exhilarating 51-48 win over the Georgia Force.

About Arena Football League On the strength of its Mission Statement and Fans' Bill of Rights, the Arena Football League is the second-longest running football league in U.S. history. It begins its 20th season in 2006 with new teams in Kansas City and Utah. Often recognized as one of the nation's most affordable and fan-friendly sports leagues, the Arena Football League is America's fastest-growing sport with a 41-percent attendance increase since 2001.

About Las Vegas Events Founded in 1983, Las Vegas Events, Inc. has grown with Las Vegas as the city has emerged as one of the world's top special event and resort destinations. A private, not-for-profit organization, LVE is funded by hotel room tax and serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. In its 21-year history, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 200 events, which have driven more than 2.5 million visitors to the area, resulting in an economic impact of more than $700 million.

Contacts: Chris McCloskey, AFL, SVP, Communications, 212-252-8118 Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events, Director, Marketing, 702-260-8605

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