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Wranglers kick of season January 27

October 25, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Austin Wranglers News Release

AUSTIN, TX, October 25, 2005 - The Austin Wranglers announced its official 2006 game schedule today, with the season opener against the Las Vegas Gladiators at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27 at the Frank Erwin Center.

Here is the home schedule for the third season of the Austin Wranglers:

Friday, January 27 7:30 p.m. Las Vegas Gladiators

Sunday, March 12 2 p.m. New York Dragons

Saturday, March 18 7 p.m. Kansas City

Saturday, March 25 7 p.m. Orlando Predators

Sunday, April 9 3 p.m. Georgia Force

Saturday, April 15 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Storm

Saturday, April 29 7 p.m. Columbus Destroyers

Sunday, May 7 2 p.m. Grand Rapids Rampage

(All times are Central Time)

"With the Austin Wranglers schedule, football fans can enjoy football year-round," says Team President Doug MacGregor. "On the heels of the winning University of Texas football season, we intend to give Central Texas football fans another championship team to watch."

While last season's 6-10 record was disappointing, the Wranglers have been aggressively recruiting during the free agency to fill key positions, signing 13 new players to join the 22 Wranglers players who re-signed from last season. Collectively, these free agents bring extensive arena experience to the team.

Open Tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, November 5, during which the team intends to sign one or more players. FB/LB Dane Krager, WR/DB P.J. Winston and WR/DB Kevin Nickerson joined the Wranglers team through Open Tryouts.

Last season, the Wranglers defeated the Las Vegas Gladiators 42-41 as time expired in the game. With five seconds left on the clock, Wranglers QB John Fitzgerald found WR/DB Kevin Nickerson in the end zone for the win. WR/LB Darrin Chiaverini led all receivers, and FB/LB Dane Krager, in his first game back from injury, was named Ironman of the Game. These Wranglers players are all returning for the 2006 season.

The Austin Wranglers compete in the AFL's Southern Division of the National Conference, facing the Georgia Force, Orlando Predators, and Tampa Bay Storm, and historically, the New Orleans VooDoo for a Division playoff spot. The VooDoo, however, have suspended play this season due to the impact of Hurricane Katrina; the Kansas City expansion team will take the Southern Division spot for the VooDoo in 2006. At home, the Wranglers will also compete against the New York Dragons and Columbus Destroyers from the National Conference, and the Las Vegas Gladiators and Grand Rapids Rampage from the American Conference.

Last year, more than 12,000 fans packed the Frank Erwin Center during the eight regularly scheduled home games. With season ticket prices starting at $100 for adults (Mezzanine) and $60 for children, Wranglers games are affordable family entertainment.

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