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BattleWings to Celebrate Fire Fighters

June 29, 2010 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings News Release

BOSSIER CITY, LA (Tuesday, June 29, 2010) - This weekend, the Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings will host division rival, the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. The Dawgz (4-7) are currently in second place in the Southwestern Division standings, followed closely by the Wings (3-9) and this could be the game that brings the Southwestern Division title a little closer to the BattleWings' grasp. A win this weekend keeps the BattleWings play-off dreams alive and will be an opportunity for the BattleWings to seek revenge on a Yard Dawgz team that defeated the Wings on May 8th in a game that set an AFL record for most points in a game (79-88, OKC).

"The 9th man makes all the difference in the world. You can watch the World Cup and see how much noise they make at those games; so much so that they put special filters on the TV cameras so the announcer can be heard. That's passion.and that's what the 9th man is all about. That's the passion that we're looking for in the CenturyTel Center for the BattleWings games," said Jason Coffel, Operations Manager, when asked about AFL fans.

Coach Jon Norris was asked about large crowds around the league, and he answered, "When we were in Tampa, there were 15,000 fans; Spokane had 10,000. When the crowd is into a game, you can FEEL it and it really pumps the players up. The home crowd cheers for the home team and when the other guys are on the field, they make noise and try to distract them. They heckle the visiting bench and really get those guys off their game. When we go on the road, the fans do it to us. So, we're hoping to get an incredible crowd for these final three home games and we can do it to THEM!"

We will be celebrating local fire-fighters throughout the game with special promotions and an incredible "Hook & Ladder Tug-o-War Challenge" during halftime. Throughout the night, fire-fighters from the area will be "passing the boot" for the MDA in order to help collect money for Jerry's Kids. Recently, Bossier fire-fighters were informed that they would no longer be able to collect money at local intersections, so the BattleWings would like to help raise money for an excellent cause.

This weekend's game against Oklahoma City will have a 7:05 PM kickoff on Saturday night, July 3rd at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City. Tickets are available online at or in person at the BattleWings Headquarters located at 4400 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling (318) 746-8755. The BattleWings front office is open M-F from 8 AM until 5 PM. For more information, please contact Head Coach Jon Norris or Jason Coffel, Director of Operations at (318) 746-8755.

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