IFL Cancels Remaining 2020 Season

by Alec Griego

For Immediate Release April 13, 2020

Duke City Gladiators' Indoor Football League games cancelled for 2020 season, team plans exhibition matches 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Today, The Indoor Football League, announced that it has cancelled the remaining 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement has delayed the Duke City Gladiators debut in the IFL. The locally owned team was originally scheduled to make its IFL debut in late March after switching to the IFL earlier this year. The team is back-to-back champions in the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league. 

“The safety and well-being of our players, coaches, fans and staff is our upmost priority,” said Duke City Gladiators Owners Scott Thomas and Gina Prieskorn-Thomas. “While we are saddened with this decision, we will continue to support our community during this pandemic. This decision did not come lightly as we love being on the field providing great sports entertainment. But there are so many unknows that the league needed to make a decision. This is an unprecedented time in our lives, and we must continue to value safety, life and our neighbors above all.” 

In an effort to continue our commitment to community and to the love of the game, the Duke City Gladiators will host several exhibition matches against other indoor football teams tentatively in June and July. DCG staff are working with state and league officials in an effort to determine when the Gladiators can return to state-owned Tingley Coliseum for these games. 

Prieskorn-Thomas said, “Our players our excited to get back on the field and continue to train while adhering to state guidelines. But for now, our commitment to community is at the forefront. Our players and staff will continue to help with food drives, host recess time and support our community during this global pandemic. Our Gladiators family takes great pride and honor in helping our community. When state officials allow us to, we will return to Tingley. The Duke City Gladiators will be ready to hit the field when it is a safe time to do so.” 

Due to decision, the league has announced that the 2021 season will have an extended 16-game season. 

“We are grateful for our fans, our sponsors and our players for their support and patience during this difficult time as we determine our next steps,” Prieskorn-Thomas said. “Please continue to support our local businesses and adhere to guidelines. The sooner this pandemic pass, the sooner we can get back to the new normal and on the field.” 

She added that DCG staff will be working and reaching out to sponsors and ticketholders on an individual basis. 

“I am extremely proud of our players, fans, staff, and sponsors for their effort in helping others in need at this time,” Prieskorn-Thomas said. “They have given so much time, energy and assistance to helping fellow New Mexicans while remaining optimistic about the future of the team. We appreciate all the support the community and sponsors have given us since we started in 2015. We are here to stay and look forward to our return to Tingley as a large united family.” 

For additional questions please contact Matt Avila, Director of Public Affairs at matt@dukecitygladiators.com.