Friday, April 2, 2010

Are You Ready For Some (Arena) Football?

Last year, the Milwaukee Iron were an inaugural club in an upstart league called arenafootball2. This year, they are one of the 15 members of the newly restarted Arena Football League. Not bad for a team that is just two years into it's existence.

The Iron are back in action tonight, hoping to improve on last year's 5-11 record. In fact, this is a team so confident that they will make the playoffs that they have actually guaranteed it. You hear guarantees all the time in sports, but the Iron are putting their money where their mouth is. The club has gone so far to say that if you buy a season ticket package, and they don't make the playoffs, they will fully refund your money. Upon seeing this my first thought was, "So, does everyone make the playoffs?", but no, this is a pretty solid guarantee. Kudos to the Iron for being so bold, now let's see if they can back it up on the field.

They'll get the chance to do so tonight when they take on the Spokane Shock in Spokane, Washington. Game time is set for 10:00pm and you can actually watch the game online. After their first game, it's a bye week and then the first home game of the season on April 16th as they host the Iowa Barnstormers. You can check out the complete schedule here, and take note in the game on May 14th, as their home game against the Utah Blaze is going to be shown live on the NFL Network.

If you haven't been to one of these games, I'd at least recommend checking one out. It's exactly what you think it is, football indoors, but it can be very entertaining. The Iron at least do a good job of trying to promote a positive fan experience, and there's something to be said for that. But as in any case, the product that they put out on the field will dictate what kind of following this team can draw. I'm not sure we'll ever see the days of 14,000+ plus at the Bradley Center like the Milwaukee Mustangs used to draw, but it seems like the Iron are putting a good effort together to see if they can emulate that one-time success.

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