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United Football League Announces 2011 Schedule

June 9, 2011 - United Football League (UFL) News Release

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Thursday, June 9 - Two household head coaching names will duel on the opening weekend of the 2011 United Football League season and games will be played for the first time on Sundays when the league's third season kicks off.

A total of 20 regular-season games will be played over a period of 10 weeks, beginning on the weekend of August 13-14 and there is an abundance of mouthwatering clashes and developing rivalries to whet the appetite of football fans everywhere.

Renowned former NFL head coaches MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER and JERRY GLANVILLE have not stood on opposite sidelines since September 1, 1991, when they kicked off the NFL season in charge of the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons respectively. They will go head to head again on UFL opening kickoff weekend when the Virginia Destroyers host the Hartford Colonials on Saturday, August 13 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

"I will be in Virginia for the season kickoff and am excited both to witness the birth of professional football in the region and to see how these two veteran coaches match up against each other," said UFL Commissioner MICHAEL HUYGHUE.

The following day, JOE MOGLIA makes his head-coaching debut 28 years after he served as a collegiate defensive coordinator when his Omaha Nighthawks travel to Sacramento to take on DENNIS GREEN and the Mountain Lions at Hornet Stadium. Two-time reigning champion JIM FASSEL and the Las Vegas Locos will sit at home and watch opening weekend unfold before beginning their threepeat campaign on the road in Sacramento on Saturday, August 20.

The season culminates with the United Football League Championship Game on the weekend of October 21-23 between the top two teams in the final regular season standings at a venue to be determined. The 2011 UFL schedule features 11 games on Saturdays, five games on Sundays and four games on Fridays.

All games are subject to change and kick off times and TV broadcast details for all games will be available at a later date. For season ticket information, football fans may visit www.UFL-Football.com/tickets.Tickets are expected to go on sale within the next one or two weeks.

"We set high standards in our two previous seasons and I am confident we will treat our fans to more exciting top-quality football. We have added more recognizable and successful head coaches to our league and they in turn are signing a great blend of experienced and promising players who will produce fireworks on the field and create a buzz in our stadiums. The quality of play is expected to be even better this year with more recognizable and experienced NFL players making up the teams' rosters.

"More than 100 UFL players have gone on to sign with NFL teams during our first two years and with our season ending in mid-October this year we again anticipate a large number of our players joining NFL rosters."

The much anticipated debut of UFL football in Virginia will come 418 days after the league announced on June 21, 2010 that the Hampton Roads region would host professional football's newest team. The Destroyers will play their first-ever game at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex against Jerry Glanville's Hartford Colonials on Saturday, August 13.

"Jerry is recognized for his astute skills in coaching defense and his special teams play will be formidable," said Schottenheimer of his opponent. "You have to take one game at a time, and find a way to win that game. The important factor is staying healthy throughout the season."

Glanville is also relishing his return to the professional game and added: "Marty and I have done this before. The league was pretty smart. No one will know what Marty's going to do; no one will know what I am going to do. Whoever would open up with us would have had a big disadvantage.

"That first game, hang on to your hat. You have no idea what's going to happen."

The second game of the UFL opening weekend will be the league's first-ever game played on a Sunday. The Sacramento Mountain Lions will host the Omaha Nighthawks on August 14 in what will be the first game of the JOE MOGLIA era with the Nighthawks. In 2010, Omaha (22,786) and Sacramento (18,125) topped the UFL in average home attendance.

"It is exciting for us because our first two games are at home," said Coach Green. "It hopefully gives us a chance to build some momentum. I think Omaha comes into the year as one of the favorites. I think they will start fast again this year. It will be very exciting."

A week later on Sunday, August 21, the Nighthawks will debut at the team's new TD Ameritrade Park home field when the Virginia Destroyers visit.

"That is going to be a big deal," said Coach Moglia. "TD Ameritrade Park is truly a first-class, beautiful stadium. To be able to play there is going to be exciting and I hope Omaha is going to be excited about it. I feel really good about the schedule. We know the teams and coaches we're going to play against and I'm ready to get started."

Each of the five UFL teams will have two bye weeks during the season, and two-time defending UFL champion the Las Vegas Locomotives will sit out Week 1.

"There's a couple different ways of looking at it," said Locos coach Jim Fassel of the open first weekend. "You really don't get extra days. You get x amount of days before your first game. We've got to really focus in and concentrate, because our first game is going to be against a team that already had a game. And the old saying goes, you make your most improvement between the first and second game. We can't be making a lot of mistakes."

The Locos begin their title defense at Sacramento in Week 2 then make a welcome return to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 27 against the Omaha Nighthawks.

UFL Vice President of Football Administration BRENDAN ROWE said: "With the schedule being released today, we are that much closer to hitting the field again. The next step is Training Camp to put in a solid framework for players to respond to. When the regular season begins on August 13, it is all about becoming a team and how they can successfully function together. I look forward to being in Virginia that opening weekend for a rematch of Schottenheimer hosting Glanville. It will be very special weekend for the entire United Football League as we kickoff our third season."

2011 United Football League Schedule

* All games are subject to change

Week 1

Saturday, August 13 - Hartford at Virginia

Sunday, August 14 - Omaha at Sacramento

BYE - Las Vegas

Week 2

Saturday, August 20 - Las Vegas at Sacramento

Sunday, August 21 - Virginia at Omaha

BYE - Hartford

Week 3

Saturday, August 27 - Omaha at Las Vegas

Saturday, August 27 - Sacramento at Hartford

BYE - Virginia

Week 4

Friday, September 2 - Omaha at Virginia

Sunday, September 4 - Hartford at Las Vegas

BYE - Sacramento

Week 5

Saturday, September 10 - Virginia at Sacramento

Saturday, September 10 - Las Vegas at Hartford

BYE - Omaha

Week 6

Sunday, September 18 - Sacramento at Omaha

Sunday, September 18 - Virginia at Las Vegas

BYE - Hartford

Week 7

Friday, September 23 - Omaha at Hartford

Saturday, September 24 - Sacramento at Virginia

BYE - Las Vegas

Week 8

Friday, September 30 - Las Vegas at Omaha

Saturday, October 1 - Hartford at Sacramento

BYE - Virginia

Week 9

Saturday, October 8 - Virginia at Hartford

Saturday, October 8 - Sacramento at Las Vegas

BYE - Omaha

Week 10

Friday, October 14 - Las Vegas at Virginia

Saturday, October 15 - Hartford at Omaha

BYE - Sacramento

Championship Game October 21-23

Venue and date to be confirmed

UFL match ups by week:

Week 1

HARTFORD at VIRGINIA

All-time series record: first ever meeting.

Head coaches Jerry Glanville and Marty Schottenheimer have not met on the football field since September 1, 1991... Schottenheimer won on that occasion when his Kansas City Chiefs beat the Atlanta Falcons 14-3... Schottenheimer and Glanville went head to head 10 times in the NFL, with Schottenheimer winning seven of those meetings... Although the teams have not met before, the Destroyers inherited the rights to protect players of the Florida Tuskers, who hold a 4-0 all-time record over the Colonials and former NY Sentinels... Hartford won on opening weekend last season, beating Sacramento 27-10 at home.

OMAHA at SACRAMENTO

All-time series record: tied at 1-1.

Dennis Green will be the only veteran UFL head coach in action on opening weekend... He has a 0-2 opening weekend record with the Mountain Lions and California Redwoods... This is the first time the Mountain Lions have opened a season at home... August 14 in Sacramento will be Joe Moglia's first-ever game as professional head coach... The Nighthawks look to snap a four-game losing streak that closed the 2010 season... The Nighthawks' last win came on the road, five games ago in Hartford... This will be the first Sunday game in UFL history.

Week 2

LAS VEGAS at SACRAMENTO

All-time series record: 3-1 Las Vegas.

Las Vegas won the first three games in this series, while Sacramento won the last one.... Locos head coach Jim Fassel has a 1-1 record in his opening games as a UFL coach... The Locos have won both games on their travels to Northern California, 16-10 in 2009 and 26-3 last season... This is the first time in three seasons the Locos have opened their campaign on the road.

VIRGINIA at OMAHA

All-time series record: first ever meeting.

The game will be Omaha's first-ever at the team's new TD Ameritrade Park home... Match up could feature two young, dynamic quarterbacks in Pat White (VIR) and Jeremiah Masoli (OMA)... The Florida Tuskers swept the Nighthawks 2-0 in 2010, including a Week 10 win that earned a Championship Game berth... The Nighthawks go in search of a first home win since an 18-17 October 2 victory over Sacramento in Week 5 of 2010.... The Nighthawks are 1-0 in UFL home openers.

Week 3

OMAHA at LAS VEGAS

All-time series record: 2-0 Las Vegas.

The Locos won both meetings last year, 22-10 at home at Sam Boyd Stadium and 24-10 in Omaha... The Locos hold a 1-1 record in their first home games of the season... In previous home openers, Las Vegas has a 1-1 record... The Locos' first home opener, a 30-17 win over the Redwoods, was also the first game in UFL history on Thursday, October 8, 2009.

SACRAMENTO at HARTFORD

All-time series record: tied at 2-2.

The then California Redwoods defeated the then New York Sentinels twice in 2009... Hartford turned the tables and beat Sacramento twice in 2010... The Colonials' 27-10 victory over the Mountain Lions to open the 2010 season at Rentschler Field was the first in franchise history... Head coaches Dennis Green (Sacramento) and Jerry Glanville (Hartford) have never been in opposition before... Hartford has a 0-3 record following bye weeks... Jerry Glanville posted a 5-0 record following bye weeks when head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Week 4

OMAHA at VIRGINIA

The second-ever meeting between the youngest franchises in the UFL comes only 12 days after they first met in Omaha... Virginia's predecessor the Florida Tuskers hold a 2-1 record coming off a bye week... This is the season's first Friday night game.

HARTFORD AT LAS VEGAS

All-time series record: 3-1 Las Vegas.

Despite their combined NFL coaching pedigree, head coaches Jim Fassel (Locos) and Jerry Glanville (Colonials) have never paced opposing sidelines... The Locos won the first three meetings then the Colonials won the last game between the two teams in Week 10 of 2010... The Locos scored 41 points each of their first two games against the then Sentinels in 2009, but scored a combined 38 points against Hartford in 2010.

Week 5

VIRGINIA AT SACRAMENTO

All-time series record: first ever meeting.

This will be the first meeting between Marty Schottenheimer and Dennis Green since December 31, 2006.... Schottenheimer and the San Diego Chargers triumphed 27-20 over Green in his last game in charge of the Arizona Cardinals... Sacramento is 0-2 coming off a bye week... Sacramento will play a third home game in four and the team's third in five weeks.

LAS VEGAS at HARTFORD

Las Vegas at Hartford is the season's only back-to-back match up after the teams meet in Week 4... Hartford defeated the Championship Game-bound Locos at Rentschler Field to close out the 2010 season... Coach Glanville says: "The problem with the back-to-back with Vegas is it's a short week. I think it'ssix days between games, instead of seven, along with the travel. In every schedule, there's things that you've got to overcome. Six games on the West Coast, won all six for Atlanta. You've just got to set your jaw and do the best you can."

Week 6

SACRAMENTO at OMAHA

The first-ever UFL Sunday doubleheader is scheduled for September 18, when Sacramento travels to Omaha and Virginia goes to Las Vegas.... Mountain Lions running back Cory Ross returns ‘home' having played college football at Nebraska... The Nighthawks won this match up 20-17 in 2010 in the ‘Rumble at Rosenblatt'.

VIRGINIA AT LAS VEGAS

All-time series record - first ever meeting.

The first-ever UFL Sunday doubleheader is scheduled for September 18, when Sacramento travels to Omaha and Virginia goes to Las Vegas.... This is the first meeting between Marty Schottenheimer and Jim Fassel since October 28, 2001... Fassel's Super Bowl-bound Giants lost 35-21 when the two head coaches last met in Washington as Schottenheimer guided his Redskins to an 8-8 finish.

Week 7

OMAHA AT HARTFORD

All-time series record: 2-0 Omaha.

Both games last season were decided by a total of six points... The Nighthawks won by virtue of a missed Colonials PAT when the teams met for the first time in franchise history in Omaha in 2010... The return game at Rentschler Field saw the Colonials driving while training by five points when an errant snap over the quarterback's head in shotgun formation killed off hopes of a home comeback... The Nighthawks' last win came in this game last season.

SACRAMENTO at VIRGINIA

The former Florida Tuskers, whose players were protected by the Destroyers, defeated the then California Redwoods twice in 2009, while the Mountain Lions won both games against the Tuskers in 2010.

Week 8

LAS VEGAS at OMAHA

The Locos have fond memories of Omaha having won their second UFL Championship Game in the city with a 23-20 win over the Florida Tuskers at Rosenblatt Stadium on November 27, 2010... The game will be the Nighthawks' second straight played on a Friday night and third overall.

HARTFORD at SACRAMENTO

The Colonials produced a fourth quarter comeback in Sacramento in 2010 to keep their slim Championship Game hopes alive with a 27-26 victory in Week 7.

Week 9

VIRGINIA at HARTFORD

One day shy of 12 months ago, the Colonials hosted the Florida Tuskers, whose players have been protected by the Destroyers, losing 33-20 in Week 4 of the 2010 UFL season... A year earlier two days shy of this date, the then Sentinels lost to the Tuskers in Florida... Head coaches Marty Schottenheimer (Virginia) and Jerry Glanville (Hartford) went head to head 10 times in the NFL, with Schottenheimer winning seven of those meetings.

SACRAMENTO at LAS VEGAS

The Mountain Lions will play their third road game in a four-week period... Sacramento closes out the season at home and for the second season in a row, the Mountain Lions have the Week 10 bye next week.

Week 10

HARTFORD at OMAHA

The Nighthawks close the regular season at home for the second year running.

LAS VEGAS at VIRGINIA

The Locos close out the regular season on the road for the second year running having visited Hartford for the last game of the 2010 season.

2011 United Football League Schedule - By Team

Hartford Colonials

Wk 1 8/13 at Virginia

Wk 2 Bye

Wk 3 8/27 SACRAMENTO

Wk 4 9/4 at Las Vegas

Wk 5 9/10 LAS VEGAS

Wk 6 Bye

Wk 7 9/23 OMAHA

Wk 8 10/1 at Sacramento

Wk 9 10/8 VIRGINIA

Wk 10 10/15 at Omaha

Las Vegas Locomotives

Wk 1 Bye

Wk 2 8/20 at Sacramento

Wk 3 8/27 OMAHA

Wk 4 9/4 HARTFORD

Wk 5 9/10 at Hartford

Wk 6 9/18 VIRGINIA

Wk 7 Bye

Wk 8 9/30 at Omaha

Wk 9 10/8 SACRAMENTO

Wk 10 10/14 at Virginia

Omaha Nighthawks

Wk 1 8/14 at Sacramento

Wk 2 8/21 VIRGINIA

Wk 3 8/27 at Las Vegas

Wk 4 9/2 at Virginia

Wk 5 Bye

Wk 6 9/18 SACRAMENTO

Wk 7 9/23 at Hartford

Wk 8 9/30 LAS VEGAS

Wk 9 Bye

Wk 10 10/15 HARTFORD

Sacramento Mountain Lions

Wk 1 8/14 OMAHA

Wk 2 8/20 LAS VEGAS

Wk 3 8/27 at Hartford

Wk 4 BYE

Wk 5 9/10 VIRGINIA

Wk 6 9/18 at Omaha

Wk 7 9/24 at Virginia

Wk 8 10/1 HARTFORD

Wk 9 10/8 at Las Vegas

Wk 10 BYE

Virginia Destroyers

Wk 1 8/13 HARTFORD

Wk 2 8/21 at Omaha

Wk 3 Bye

Wk 4 9/2 OMAHA

Wk 5 9/10 at Sacramento

Wk 6 9/18 at Las Vegas

Wk 7 9/24 SACRAMENTO

Wk 8 Bye

Wk 9 10/8 at Hartford

Wk 10 10/14 LAS VEGAS

* All games are subject to change

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