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Brigade Announce 2019 Regular Season Schedule

February 13, 2019 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Baltimore Brigade News Release

BALTIMORE, MD - The Baltimore Brigade will kick off the 2019 season on Friday, April 26 when the team hosts the defending champion Washington Valor in a rematch of ArenaBowl XXXI at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md. The Brigade are led by the 2018 AFL Coach of the Year, Omarr Smith, who enters his third season as Baltimore's head coach.

Full season ticket memberships are currently on sale for the 2019 season and start as low as $10 per game. For additional information about joining The Battalion full season ticket membership club, please call the Brigade Ticket Sales office at 667-930-0200 or e-mail ticketsales@baltimorebrigade.com .

Kickoff times for all 12 games will be announced at a later date.

BALTIMORE BRIGADE 2019 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

WEEK DATE OPPONENT VENUE

1 Fri., April 26 vs. Washington Valor Royal Farms Arena

2 Fri., May 3 vs. Philadelphia Soul Royal Farms Arena

3 Fri., May 10 vs. Columbus* Royal Farms Arena

4 Sat., May 18 at Atlantic City* Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall

5 Sun., May 26 vs. Philadelphia Soul Royal Farms Arena

6 Sat., June 1 at Atlantic City* Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall

7 Sat., June 8 at Albany Empire Times Union Center

8 Sat., June 15 at Columbus* Nationwide Arena

9 Thurs., June 20 at Washington Valor Capital One Arena

10 Fri., June 28 vs. Columbus* Royal Farms Arena

11 BYE BYE BYE

12 Sat., July 13 vs. Washington Valor Royal Farms Arena

13 Sun., July 21 at Atlantic City* Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall

*Names for the Atlantic City and Columbus franchises will be announced at a later date

ADDITIONAL SCHEDULING NOTES

The Brigade open the season playing their first three - and four of their first five - games at home in Royal Farms Arena. Baltimore is the only team to open the season with a homestand longer than two games. Baltimore will play five Saturday games (one home, four away), three Friday games (all at home), two Sunday games (one home, one away) and one Thursday game (away). Baltimore will have a bye week in Week 11 (July 5-7), along with Albany, Columbus and Washington. The Brigade take on Atlantic City and Columbus - both new to the AFL in 2019 - and Washington three times each, Philadelphia twice and Albany once. The Brigade play their final home game of the season on Saturday, July 13 against the Washington Valor. Baltimore closes out the 2019 regular season in Atlantic City on Sunday, July 21.

PLAYOFFS

The playoffs will follow the same format as they did in 2018, with the top four teams qualifying for the playoffs. There will be a pair of home-and-home series between the opponents in the first round of the playoffs. Teams will advance to ArenaBowl XXXII based on the aggregate score of the two games played. Unlike the first round of the playoffs, ArenaBowl XXXII will be a traditional single game and will take place on the second weekend of August.

RULE CHANGES

The AFL also announced the following rule changes intended to increase of the speed of the game:

The first-half's one-minute timing rules will be eliminated. There will be no automatic clock stoppage at the one-minute mark in the second quarter and the game clock will follow regular guidelines. Additionally, in the fourth quarter, the traditional AFL clock stoppage rules will not take effect until the 30-second mark. The number and duration of media timeouts will be reduced. Coaches will have their traditional three timeouts to use per half. Two of the three timeouts will be clock-stoppage timeouts only: the game clock will stop, and the play clock will reset immediately. One of the three timeouts per half will remain as a traditional media timeout. A 60-second play clock will be implemented following the extra-point attempt and/or two-point conversion attempt with the exception of media timeouts.


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