Georgia Force help AFL stand for "All Fun League"
ATLANTA, GA. When the Georgia Force, of the Arena Football League, kickoff their home opener this Sunday, February 8th, versus the New York Dragons at 3:00 p.m. in the Arena at Gwinnett Center, fans are going to be thrilled by more than the non-stop action on the field. Every home game the Georgia Force plays this season will be an all out effort to make sure that Force games are the most exciting and entertaining sports events in Atlanta.
Here is a breakdown of what fans can expect when they arrive at the Arena:
- Free Parking at the Arena at Gwinnett Center and tailgating opportunities for fans throughout the parking lots, with visits from the Force cheerleaders, Stunt Force and reserve players.
- An interactive fan zone with inflatables, balloon artists and face painters.
- A personal greeting at the door featuring Georgia Force cheerleaders, mascot G Force and fan ambassadors.
- A live pregame show in the Arena describing all the action and happenings before kickoff. An in-Arena host will discuss the game, key match-ups, and conduct interviews all while giving fans a chance to be a part of the show.
- Country Music Superstar and Capitol-Nashville recording artist John Berry will sing the national anthem.
- Dramatic Lightshow display during player introductions.
- The Force-Dragons contest will be televised on NBC so fans can show the country their support for the Force and the AFL.
- Performances by the Stunt Force, a 20-member repel team that drops in from the rafters of the Arena before the game and following every Georgia Force score.
- A halftime salute to the University of Georgia football legends. Over 50 former UGA players will be among those honored including over ten former All-Americas and members of the 1980 National Championship Team.
- The Force will also honor the football legends of Georgia Tech, including members of the Yellow Jackets 1990 National Championship team, on February 22nd, when the Force take on the New Orleans VooDoo.
- For the first two home games, the Force will display V Stripes on their new black helmets. The red and gold V Stripes are a symbolic gesture of thanks by the Force for the support of UGA and Georgia Tech. In addition, the V Stripes will represent the two strongest influences in the Force organization, Virgil Williams and Vince Dooley, as well as the Forces ultimate goal- Victory.
- Dance routines and fan promotions presented throughout the game by the Georgia Force cheerleaders.
- When a football goes into the stands during a game, the fans can keep it as a souvenir. Over 11,000 footballs have gone in the stands over the last 17-year history of the AFL.
- Promotions and contests on the field and in the stands where fans can participate to win prizes.
- Following every Georgia Force game all players, coaches and cheerleaders remain on the field for 30 minutes to sign autographs with the fans. Fans are encouraged to come onto the field after the game and join the team in their post-game party.
This is all in addition to the action on the field which features:
- Force starting quarterback and 2003 AFL All-Rookie team selection Leon Murray.
- New Force players Wide Receiver/Linebackers Andy McCullough and Dialleo Burks that each caught 95+ passes, 1,200+ receiving yards and 20+ touchdowns in just 2003. McCullough comes to Atlanta following the footsteps of close friends and new resident Atlanta Falcon Peerless Price as the two started together at the University of Tennessee.
- Fan favorite and former Auburn Tiger Offensive Specialist Markeith Cooper, who at 57 is one of the shortest players in the league and is the only player on the Force roster to have been signed from an open player tryout. Cooper was driving a truck for UPS at the time.
- New Force addition Wide Receiver/ Defensive Back Dameon Porter who won the 2001 AFL Ironman of the Year Award and 2001 AFL Breakout Player of the Year honor.
- Force lineman and former Bulldogs Bruce Adrine, who is one of ten defensive starters on the 2000 UGA football team playing professional football. The other nine started this past season in the NFL, including Richard Seymour of the World Champion New England Patriots.
- Force Head Coach Marty Lowe, who at age 32 is the youngest in the AFL.
- New York Dragons quarterback Aaron Garcia, who last season alone threw for 100 touchdowns and had nine 300-yard passing games. (Remember this is only a 50-yard field). Garcia, one of the AFLs top passers has broken many of the AFLs most well known players team records, current St. Louis Rams QB Kurt Warner. He has also broken all the state high school passing records in California that had been held by NFL Hall of Famer and Colorado Crush co-owner John Elway.
Georgia Force Season tickets and flex packs are on sale and can be purchased with a credit card by calling (770) 813-7610 or visit www.georgiaforce.com. Force individual game tickets are available by calling TicketMaster at (404) 249-6400 or visit www.ticketmaster.com or by purchase at the Gwinnett Civic Center Box Office.
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