Phoenix, Ariz. – The five time world champion Arizona Rattlers announce the 16-game regular season schedule for the 2016 Arena Football League (AFL) season.
The Rattlers will look to return to the ArenaBowl this season and will open the 2016 season in Portland on April 1st. The Rattlers’ first home game will be Saturday, April 16th against Tampa Bay. Arizona will face the Portland Thunder and Los Angeles KISS three times this season, they will face all other teams twice.
Tickets for individual games will go on sale this Friday (December 11th) at noon and will start as low as $10. 9th Man Season Memberships are available now, and start as low as $90.
The full schedule is as follows (Home games are in CAPS; all times are Arizona time): Click Here for game details and tickets.
Week 1 @Portland Friday, April 1st 7:00 PM Week 2 @Los Angeles Saturday, April 9th 7:00 PM WEEK 3 TAMPA BAY SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH 6:00 PM Week 4 @Jacksonville Saturday, April 23rd 4:00 PM WEEK 5 PORTLAND SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH 6:00 PM Week 6 @Orlando Saturday, May 7th 4:30 PM Week 7 @Philadelphia Saturday, May 14th 3:00 PM WEEK 8 LOS ANGELES SATURDAY, MAY 21ST 6:00 PM Week 9 @Tampa Bay Sunday, May 29th 11:00 AM Week 10 @Cleveland Friday, June 3rd 3:00 PM WEEK 11 PORTLAND SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH 6:00 PM WEEK 12 PHILADELPHIA FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH 7:00 PM Week 13 @Los Angeles Sunday, June 26th 3:00 PM Week 14 BYE WEEK 15 JACKSONVILLE SATURDAY, JULY 9TH 6:00 PM WEEK 16 ORLANDO FRIDAY, JULY 15TH 7:00 PM WEEK 17 CLEVELAND FRIDAY, JULY 22ND 7:00 PM Week 18 BYE
The league put out the entire AFL 2016 schedule today, along with this statement:
The League will feature eight teams in 2016, with each team playing 16 games and receiving two byes during the 18-week regular season. Week 14 will be a universal bye week in observation of Independence Day weekend.
With the change to a 16-game regular season schedule for the 2016 season, the AFL Board of Directors has approved an eight-team postseason tournament format to determine the ArenaBowl XXIX champion. In this format, all teams will qualify for the postseason and be seeded according to overall record. The regular season Conference Champions will be placed in the No. 1 and 2 seeds, while the remaining field will be filled in according to overall record, regardless of conference affiliation. Tournament play will have the No. 1 hosting No. 8, No. 2 hosting No. 7, No. 3 hosting No. 6 and No. 4 hosting No. 5.
The full announcement can be found HERE.
For additional information please visit www.azrattlers.com.
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers have won three straight ArenaBowl championship games from 2012-2014 and are proud members of the Arena Football League (AFL). ArenaBowl XXVII marked the team’s ninth appearance in the Championship game, winning in 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997 and 1994. For tickets, call 602-514-TDTD (8383), or visit www.azrattlers.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10th, 2015
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