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Destroyers Announce Two Open Tryouts to be Held at Bo Jackson's Elite Sports in Columbus and Chicago

September 19, 2019 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Columbus Destroyers News Release

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Destroyers, presented by, announced on Thursday that the team will hold two open tryouts this offseason. The first will be held Friday, December 6th at Bo Jackson's Elite Sports in Hilliard, Ohio. Registration will begin at 8:00 am with tryouts taking place from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. The second workout is Friday, January 10th at the Bo Jackson's Elite Sports in Lockport, Illinois. Registration there will begin at 7:30 am with tryouts going from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. The entry fee for both tryouts is $100 pre-registration online and $150 cash only for payments on the day of the workout. All participants will receive an official Destroyers tryout t-shirt upon arrival. Click HERE to register now.

"Our open tryouts provide a tremendous opportunity for players to showcase their skills and live out their dream of playing professional football," said Director of Football Operations Dominic Jones. "Our staff is excited to get rolling on the 2020 season and we're looking forward to evaluating any talent out there who may have been overlooked or not given a fair shot."

"The staff at Bo Jackson's Elite Sports have been outstanding to work with," added Jones. "We are thrilled to partner with them once again for not only our workout in Columbus, but for our open tryout in Chicago as well. The Midwest is loaded with talented football players and we will do everything in our ability to find those who are worthy of an opportunity to make our football team."

This year's tryouts will feature traditional combine testing drills that include the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, broad jump and the L drill. Participants will also be placed into groups and position-specific drills. Those who register must wear comfortable athletic shorts and a t-shirt. The tryout surface will be field turf, so turf shoes or molded bottom cleats are required. No track spikes will be permitted. Drills at both the open tryouts will be led by head coach Matthew Sauk and the rest of his staff. Kickers will NOT be worked out at these sessions.


Cost: $100 Online Early Entry or $150 Cash ONLY payment on the day of the tryout. T-shirt will be provided upon arrival.

Tryout #1

Where: Bo Jackson's Elite Sports (4696 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026)

Date: Friday, December 6th

Time: 9am to 1pm; Registration 8am-9pm (Click HERE to register)

Tryout #2

Where: Bo Jackson's Elite Sports (17130 Prime Blvd., Lockport, IL 60441)

Date: Friday, January 10th

Time: 8am to 1pm; Registration 7:30am-8am (Click HERE to register)

The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and play at Nationwide Arena! Interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2020 season? Call (614) 228-5518 or visit to get your seats today! Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.

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