Gladiators Announce 2016 Schedule
CLEVELAND -- The Arena Football League announced its 2016 schedule on Thursday, which will see the Cleveland Gladiators play the first of eight home games at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, April 1st at 7:00 pm vs. the Philadelphia Soul. The 2016 season will be the Gladiators’ eighth season in Cleveland and the AFL’s 29th overall campaign.
This year’s AFL Schedule will see each team play 16 regular-season games and participate in the AFL Postseason, featuring three rounds of postseason play, culminating with ArenaBowl XXIX, played the weekend of August 26th. Including the Gladiators, eight teams will compete in the 2016 AFL season, with four teams in the American Conference (Jacksonville Sharks, Orlando Predators, Philadelphia Soul and Tampa Bay Storm) and four in the National Conference (Arizona Rattlers, LA Kiss, Portland Thunder and the Gladiators, who will move to the National Conference for the 2016 season).
The 2016 AFL Postseason format sees the two conference winners seeded 1 and 2 with the remaining teams seeded 3-8 according to their record (regardless of conference). The top four seeds will host first-round postseason games and the two highest remaining seeds will host the semi-final rounds the following weekend. The top remaining seed from the semi-final round will then host ArenaBowl XXIX.
In preparation for the Republican National Convention held at Quicken Loans Arena next summer, the Gladiators will hit the road during the months of June and July. June features road games at Orlando, Portland and Jacksonville, with the team traveling to Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Arizona in July.
The complete 2016 Cleveland Gladiators schedule is attached and can also be found here: http://clevelandgladiators.com/schedule/season/. Promotional and broadcast schedules for the 2016 Gladiators season will be announced at a later date.
For the second consecutive year, the Gladiators finished in the top-three in league attendance in 2015, averaging over 10,600 fans per game (11,558 fans per game in 2015 and 10,610 fans per game in 2014). The Gladiators earned a playoff berth last season before falling to the Soul in their conference quarter-final matchup in Philadelphia. In 2014, the Gladiators posted a 17-1 regular-season record, the best in AFL-history, earned six wins on the very last play of the game and notched a pair of playoff wins, including capturing the Conference Championship crown at The Q. Cleveland hosted ArenaBowl XXVII in front of a record setting crowd of 18,410, the largest in Gladiators history and fifth-largest AFL crowd of all-time.
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