MESA, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers unveil their 2012 Arena Football League game schedule.
“The Arizona Rattlers are excited to be a part of the 25th year of the Arena Football League,” said TEAM PRESIDENT JOE WINDHAM. “The new schedule has us pitted against arch rivals such as the San Jose SaberCats and the Spokane Shock – two times each. We also look forward to two games with an upstart San Antonio Talons team who snared ArenaBowl XXIV champion quarterback, Aaron Garcia. There will be some exciting games with monumental matchups going into the postseason.
This Silver Anniversary season of the AFL looks to be one of the best ever. GM/HEAD COACH KEVIN GUY and DIR. of PLAYER PERSONNEL DAVID TURNER have been hard at work recruiting some of the best players in the country to fill out our roster as we look to avenge our ArenaBowl XXIV loss in 2011.”
The defending West Division Champions and National Conference Champions open the home schedule at the US Airways Center on March 17, 2012, with a contest against the Milwaukee Mustangs. The Rattlers follow up with games against the Spokane Shock (April 6), San Antonio Talons (April 21) and the San Jose SaberCats (May 5).
The Rattlers will continue to host opponents with dates with the Chicago Rush (May 12), Pittsburgh Power (June 3), Iowa Barnstormers (June 9) and the Utah Blaze (July 6). The regular season will be capped off with a contest against the Kansas City Command (July 21).
Arizona heads to Milwaukee to face the Mustangs (June 22) on the NFL Network’s “Arena Football Friday” game of the week.
GM/HEAD COACH KEVIN GUY and his staff have signed back seven players from last year’s squad, including First Team All-Arena DL ANTTAJ HAWTHORNE and Second Team All-Arena DB/KR VIRGIL GRAY, with eight players still on injured reserve – pending a re-signing. Eighteen newly signed players have been added to the 2012 squad.
“We are fired up about returning to the Snake Pit and playing in front of our fans. We have some great home games this year and we are looking to increase productivity on and off the field, in addition to increasing our fan experience.”
Kickoff times are to be determined
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