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Hawaiian Islanders 2004 Schedule Announced

February 2, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

HONOLULU – The Hawaiian Islanders will open their third season of arenafootball2 on the road in Fresno, California on March 27 it was announced today by the league.

The 16-game season will have 12 games against West Division opponents and a home-and-home match up with the Louisville Fire and the Bossier City Battle Wings. The Bakersfield Blitz franchise of 2003 moved to Fresno, CA and became the Central Valley Coyotes. An expansion team (of the same name) will be located in Bakersfield in 2004. The San Diego Riptide rounds out the four-team West. Each West team will face each other four times (two home, two away).

“The old West is back,” said Islanders Executive Director Chris Dey. “Bringing Fresno back into the league rekindles the rivalries we had in 2002 and the added games will help build competitive games again this year. I can’t wait to get the season started.”

Home games are now scheduled to kickoff at 6:30 p.m.

“When you make plans to come to an Islanders game this season, we want to be entertained from the moment you enter the parking lot,” Dey added. “We’ll bring back our popular halftime JN Chevrolet Fast Lane to Fame Concert again, but now we’re moving our seats closer to the field with our Up Front In the Game seating section. Outside, the kids will have interactive games and activities from Meadow Gold along with entertainment for everyone.”

For a limited time, prime season tickets are still available and range from $140 (Lower Bowl Reserved) to $65 for the eight game package. For youth (age 17 and below), prices have dropped to $40 for anywhere in the arena. For more information on ticket, please visit the Hawaiian Islanders web site at www.hawaiianislanders.com or call 53-ARENA.

Divisional Alignment

Alignment for the 2004 af2 season, features a 25-team format consisting of two conferences divided into three divisions.

The American Conference will have 12 teams while the National has 13 teams within three divisions. The Northeast, South and Mid-South divisions form the American Conference, while the Southwest, Midwest and West divisions complete the National Conference. Each division has four teams except the National Conference Southwest division, which each have five teams. The complete alignment is charted below.

Each team plays every team in its division twice (home/away) with the exception of the Northeast, Southwest and West Divisions. Teams in Northeast and Southwest divisions play each other three times, while teams in the West Division play head-to-head four times apiece.

About af2

Entering its fifth anniversary season, af2 serves as a grassroots, developmental indoor football league for players, coaches and officials with teams in small- to mid-size markets throughout the United States. Around 175 players have advanced to higher levels of professional football in af2's four-year history. af2 operates under the same Mission Statement and Fans' Bill of Rights as the AFL, which kicks off its 18th season in February.

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

Northeast Division

Albany Conquest

Cape Fear Wildcats

Manchester Wolves

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers

South Division

Birmingham Steeldogs

Columbus Wardogs

Florida Firecats

Macon Knights

Mid-South Division

Arkansas Twisters

Bossier City Battle Wings

Memphis Xplorers

Tennessee Valley Vipers

NATIONAL CONFERENCE (*Expansion teams)

Midwest Division

Green Bay Blizzard

Louisville Fire

Peoria Pirates

Quad City Steamwheelers

Southwest Division

Laredo Law*

Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz*

Rio Grande Valley Dorados*

Tulsa Talons

Wichita Stealth

West Division

Bakersfield Blitz*

Central Valley Coyotes

Hawaiian Islanders

San Diego Riptide

2004 SCHEDULE

(All times local to site)

Day Date Opponent Site Kickoff

Sat. March 27 at Central Valley Coyotes Fresno, CA 7:30 p.m. PST

Sat. April 3 (bye)

Sat. April 10 at Louisville Fire Louisville, KY 7:30 p.m. EDT

Sat. April 17 BOSSIER CITY BATTLE WINGS Blaisdell Arena 6:30 p.m.

Sat. April 24 BAKERSFIELD BLITZ Blaisdell Arena 6:30 p.m.

Sat. May 1 at Bossier City Battle Wings Bossier City, LA 7:00 p.m. CDT

Sat. May 8 at San Diego Riptide San Diego, CA 7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat. May 15 (bye)

Sat. May 22 CENTRAL VALLEY COYOTES Blaisdell Arena 6:30 p.m.

Fri. May 28 SAN DIEGO RIPTIDE Blaisdell Arena 6:30 p.m.

Sat. June 5 at Bakersfield Blitz Bakersfield, CA 7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat. June 12 CENTRAL VALLEY COYOTES Blaisdell Arena 6:30 p.m.

Sat. June 19 SAN DIEGO RIPTIDE Blaisdell Arena 6:30 p.m.

Sat. June 26 (bye)

Sat. July 3 at San Diego Riptide San Diego, CA 7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat. July 10 BAKERSFIELD BLITZ Blaisdell Arena 6:30 p.m.

Sat. July 17 LOUISVILLE FIRE Blaisdell Arena 6:30 p.m.

Sat. July 24 at Central Valley Coyotes Fresno, CA 7:30 p.m. PDT

Sat. July 31 at Bakersfield Blitz Bakersfield, CA 7:00 p.m. PDT

Sat. Aug. 7 af2 Playoffs TBD

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