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“There’s a giant distinction between the CIF and the IFL,” stated Duke Town leader working officer Trey Medlock. “The CIF is true for the scale of its markets (comparable to Amarillo and Salina, Kansas). Within the IFL you’ve gotten main markets.”

There’s additionally a large distinction in go back and forth. Thus, for the primary time within the historical past of the 6-year-old staff, Duke Town will probably be flying to sure video games.

“A bus trip that will be greater than 11 hours for us determines whether or not we take a flight or no longer,” stated second-year staff proprietor Gina Prieskorn-Thomas at staff headquarters final week.

It used to be estimated that the entire expense of the flights could be rather less than $5,000 over what it might value to trip a bus. The Gladiators will take wing for trips to Oakland; Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Davenport, Iowa (to stand Quad Towns).

Duke Town’s season opener is scheduled for March 12 in Frisco. The primary house recreation is ready for April four in opposition to the San Diego Strike Power. And, as has most often been the case, the house agenda at Tingley is back-loaded to keep away from the various commencement ceremonies and similar occasions held on the Coliseum within the spring. If truth be told, the Gladiators will play 5 directly Saturday nights at house starting Would possibly 23. No different league staff has greater than 3 directly house video games.

Medlock stated he’s no longer partial to such a lot of consecutive video games in this sort of tight window.

“It’s as it places an excessive amount of drive to your fan base,” he stated. “However we’re dealt this on the Coliseum so we pass with it. There’s no reason why to cry about it. We simply hope the lovers needless to say and keep it up.”

New trainer Cornelius “Pig” Brown, who came visiting from the IFL’s Nebraska Threat within the offseason to take over for longtime Gladiators trainer Dominic Bramante, who used to be no longer retained, took realize of the agenda and at first used to be involved.

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“In the beginning it appeared beautiful tough and that it didn’t determine in our choose,” he stated, referring to 2 video games in opposition to the Arizona Rattlers (14-Zero final 12 months) and two vs. protecting IFL champ Sioux Falls (11-3) in the second one part of the season.

“And I feel with us being protecting (CIF) champions we’ll have a larger goal on our backs. However perhaps we’ll be capable to fly below the radar.”

TICKETS: Seven-game season-ticket programs vary from $80 for finish zone seats, $110 for make a choice, $130 for midfield, $150 for top class, $250 for VIP and $6,500 for a box suite. For more info, talk over with www.dukecitygladiators.com.

All video games are scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. get started.

LOCAL FLAVOR: 4 avid gamers from New Mexico top faculties are at the roster as of now: LB Jason Serda and DB Shamelle Dumas (Manzano), DB Maiga Ibriham (Socorro) and DB Jaime Ramirez (Valley).

UPCOMING EVENTS AT TINGLEY: The Gladiators will habits a adolescence camp Feb. 22.

• Dance staff tryouts are set for the 23rd.

• Participant tryouts are scheduled for the 24th.

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PRESEASON CAMP: It’s tentatively scheduled to begin Feb. 28 at a web site to be decided. A complete of 40 avid gamers will probably be welcomed to the staff’s drills. The roster should be decreased to the utmost of 25 earlier than the season starts.



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