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Drillers move to Ford Arena

March 1, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Beaumont Drillers News Release

BEAUMONT, TX – The Beaumont Drillers called a press conference on Tues., March 1 to announce that the team will move from the Beaumont Civic Center to Ford Arena effective this season.

Ford Arena is a part of Ford Park an SMG managed facility, which sits on 221 acres near Interstate-10.

“With the regulations and requirements handed down by the NIFL, we are thankful to have such a place like Ford Arena,” said Drillers General Manager Steve Reap. “This is a first class facility run by first class people, one of the best I have been in.”

Ford Arena’s total seating capacity is 9,737, with the indoor football setup approximately 8,000. The building is under 2-years-old, and has hosted concerts, rodeos, ECHL hockey and other special events.

“This is a great move for Ford Park,” said Allan Vella, Ford Park general manager. “It will give us more events and help financially with the facility.”

Ford Arena is a part of several amenities Ford Park has to offer. Adjacent to the Arena is the 18,000-seat Pavilion for concerts, a 48,000-square foot Exhibit Hall, 12 all-weather softball/baseball fields, a 45,000-square foot covered practice facility and RV park.

For more information on Ford Park, log on to the official website at

With the move, the Drillers had to move several home games. They are as follows:

Monday, March 7 vs. Odessa (7:05 p.m.)
Sunday, March 13 vs. San Angelo (3:35 p.m.)
Saturday, April 16 vs. Cincinnati (7:05 p.m.)
Monday, May 9 vs. SW Louisiana (7:05 p.m.)
Saturday, May 14 vs. Lubbock (7:05 p.m.)
Saturday, June 11 vs. Corpus Christi (7:05 p.m.)
Friday, June 17 vs. Montgomery (7:05 p.m.)

Single game tickets go on sale Thurs., March 3 at the Ford Park Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Reserved seats are $18 with General Admission Assigned Seating $10. Ticket prices do include parking.

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