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Arena Football Set To Kick Off New Season

Posted March 28, 2001 9:04 a.m. EST

— Arena Football is a fast-paced version of regular football, and it is back for a new season as the Cobras play their first preseason game Monday night at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.

The team normally plays at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, but organizers thought playing a preseason game in Fayetteville would be a good way to attract more fans to arena football.

The Cobras first season in North Carolina was a losing one on the field (with a 3 and 11 record), but a success with fans, and they hope that will also be the case in 2001.

Cobras General Manager Brett Bender hopes it will be even easier for fans to support the team this year if they win more games.

"We were third in the league," Bender says. "We had 13,233 people a game, which was fantastic for an expansion season considering we didn't win as many games as we wanted to. The fans supported us all the way."

Bender also says the games will be wilder than ever.

The team is planning more interactive events for fans during time-outs, and the Snake Charmers will also continue to be a big part of the game.

But Bender says the in-your-face action of arena football is what really attracts fans: eight men playing on a 50-yard field and thousands of fans only a short throw away.

"You get them so close to the action. Our game is a little bit different; you're not in a big stadium, you're in a little arena. The action is more compact and it's high scoring and there's so much there for the fans to get involved in," Bender says.

Monday's game starts at 7:30 at Crown Coliseum. The season officially kicks off on April 15, and the Cobras first home game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena is April 20.

If you would like to see the action yourself, tickets start at $10 and can cost up to $110 each.