As the Arizona Rattlers continue a historic season, looking for their seventh world championship, the team has announced its playoff run will move to the West Valley.
The semifinal game will be held at Gila River Arena at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The game will be broadcast live on YouTube. The Rattlers will announce information on single-game playoff tickets soon.
The Rattlers, who normally play home games at Talking Stick Arena, are having to relocate their playoff games because a Native American Basketball Invitational tournament was scheduled the day of the playoffs.
“We will certainly miss the friendly confines of Talking Stick Resort Arena,” said Chris Presson, team president. “We are thankful for the opportunity to try and win our seventh championship at another first class facility in Gila River Arena.”
Should the Rattlers maintain this lead at the conclusion of the 2019 IFL regular season, Gila River Arena will also play host to the 2019 United Bowl, to be held Saturday, July 13. A 6 p.m. PDT kickoff is currently scheduled.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the Arizona Rattlers at Gila River Arena as they compete for their seventh world championship,” said Dale Adams, general manager of Gila River Arena. “Rattlers fans will truly enjoy this great arena located in the best entertainment district in Arizona.”
The Rattlers lost Arena Bowl XXIX, the only game they have played at the Glendale arena thus far. At that point the team was with the Arena Football League. The Rattlers lost to the Philadelphia Soul 56-42 at Gila River Arena August 26, 2016.
The Rattlers are the lone undefeated team in the IFL and are battling the Iowa Barnstormers (11-1) for the best record in the league. In the team’s 27-year history, from AFL to IFL, it has never pitched a shutout before defeating the Cedar Rapid River Kings 56-0 June 2 to improve to 12-0 with two games left to play.
The win over the River Kings clinched a first-round bye and home-field advantage for the conference championship game. Only the Barnstormers (11-1) stand in the Rattlers’ way for home-field advantage throughout the IFL playoffs.
The Arizona Rattlers were founded in 1992. In the two seasons the Rattlers have been in the IFL, they have won one championship in 2017 and were in the conference championship last season. The Rattlers spent 24 seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL), and in that time made 10 appearances at the ArenaBowl, winning in 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997 and 1994.
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