Wolves Take On The Conquest In Home Opener On Friday
MANCHESTER, NH- After a pair of tough tests on the road, the Manchester Wolves will get to play in the friendly confines of their home arena for the first time this season when the Albany Conquest come to town on Friday night.
Home cooking may never have tasted so good.
"It will be great to stay at home, practice at home, and finally play a game on our home field in front of our fans," said Head Coach Danton Barto, who is in his first season with the Wolves. "We're all looking forward to having our fans come out to support us."
The Wolves (1-1) split their first two arena football 2 games of the season in hostile territory, winning a 45-39 thriller on a nullified touchdown on the game's final play against the Thunder in Mahoning Valley, Ohio and then losing a very tough game 72-31 against the Blizzard in Green Bay, Wisconsin last time out.
With Albany (1-1) having an identical overall record at this early stage of the season, the game between the two East Division rivals takes on added significance and it is important for the Wolves get back on the winning track.
Wide receiver/defensive back David Bailey could be a deciding factor. The University of New Hampshire graduate is the most experienced player on the roster and one of only four returning players from last year's team which made the playoffs. Bailey had to miss the first two tests with a high ankle sprain but he is expected to see some playing time this week.
"Getting David back out on the field will be a big help," Barto said. "He's got talent and experience and that's always a plus."
Bailey's return from injury comes at a most opportune time as rookie Steven Savoy, who was the leading receiver on the Wolves, got knocked out of the Green Bay game shortly before half time with a head injury. Savoy sustained a concussion and is waiting for medical clearance to return to action.
Kickoff for the Wolves season home opener on Brady Sullivan Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena is 7:30 p.m. Not only will the home fans get their first look at the 2008 Wolves in action, but the all new 11-member Lady Wolf Pack promotional squad will greet the fans upon their arrival and then interact with the crowd throughout the game.
At halftime, the Londonderry High School marching band and a team from the Melissa Hoffman Dance Studio in Hudson will perform.
At the home opener, the first 750 children to pass through the turnstiles will receive free spring passes to Canobie Lake Park and there will also be a Delta Dental toothbrush giveaway to fans of all ages.
Individual game tickets to Friday night's game and season ticket packages are still available. This season, which has been designated as the Year of The Fan, the Wolves are offering special season ticket packages for only $25 for children 12 and under.
Contact the Wolves at 603-627-9653 or click on [email protected] for more information.
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