ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Duke City Gladiators are gearing up for their 3rd season in Albuquerque as the 2017 season schedule has been officially released by the Champions Indoor Football league (CIF). The Gladiators 12-game regular season football schedule features 6 home dates with their first regular season game on March 4th at Dodge City and an additional exhibition match up on February 25th.
Since the completion of the 2016 season, there have been many developments at the league level in preparation for 2017 which includes the league expanding.
The CIF has expanded to be the largest indoor football league in the United States. CIF commissioner Randy Sanders stated, “We are so excited for 2017 and proud of the CIF’s growth over the last year… we have been able to build a successful model that allows for great competition with a successful business model all in one.” The league currently boasts 16 teams across 4 divisions with additions including Bismarck, Kansas City Phantoms, West Michigan Ironmen, and River City Raiders.
The Gladiators align in the Central Division with Dodge City Law, Salina Liberty, and Wichita Force. The Central Division features the defending league champion, the Wichita Force in which Duke City will face twice this season. General Manager Matt Caward expressed that the Gladiators have “the toughest schedule in the league.”
Head Coach Dominic Bramante who is coming back for a 3rd season has the same sentiment as Caward when it comes to a tough schedule. In an interview with the Albuquerque Journal, Bramante stated, “We’re excited because if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”
Duke City’s competitive schedule is as follows with all games starting at 6:05 PM Mountain Standard Time with the exception of March 4th where the game will start at 6:35 PM & May 14th which starts at 4:05 PM:
March 4th at Dodge City Law April 8th vs Wichita Force May 14th at Centex Cavalry March 11th vs Texas Revolution April 15th vs Salina Liberty May 20th at Dallas Marshals March 18th vs Wichita Force April 22nd BYE May 27th vs Amarillo Venom March 25th vs Centex Cavalry April 29th BYE June 3rd vs Dodge City Law April 2nd at Amarillo Venom May 6th at Amarillo Venom
The Gladiators have refreshed a partnership with Hold My Ticket as the locally run company will be the official ticket supplier.
2017 Gladiator football Season Tickets will be available starting on Thursday October 20th, 2016. Contact the Gladiator front office at 505.226.8006 and click here to purchase tickets online.
This year, season tickets will expand into sections including VIP/Floor seating at $300, Premium Box at $150, and General Admission at just $60. Luxury Suites will also be added to the menu with a price tag of $5,000 for the entire season which features accommodations for up to 10 people per Suite. Each season ticket purchased will guarantee 7 home games including a pre-season/exhibition contest.
Fans can take advantage and save money by purchasing season tickets!
Single-game tickets will also go on sale beginning on Thursday October 20th. Like the season tickets, fans can also purchase their game tickets online at DukeCityGladiators.com or by clicking here. Ticket breakdown for single-game purchases include VIP/Floor at $50, Premium Box at $25, and General Admission at $10 per ticket.
Another season of professional football in Albuquerque is right around the corner and CFO John Lopez states that, “Business is rolling along and everything is on schedule for 2017!”
The Duke City Gladiators are a professional indoor football team based in Albuquerque, NM and current members of Champions Indoor Football (CIF). The Gladiators play their home games at Tingley Coliseum. For more information on the Gladiators, visit www.DukeCityGladiators.com , LIKE “Duke City Gladiators” on Facebook & follow the team on Twitter (@DCGladiators).
NOTES: The correction to the opening paragraph has been made regarding the regular season and the exhibition game addition as well as an update to the away schedule.