Professional Football Coming to Cedar Rapids

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Titans will take the field in March 2012. Team officials will be holding a press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce that the team will open their inaugural season at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena in March before moving into the newly renovated US Cellular Center for the 2013 season.

The Titans are members of the Indoor Football League, a 22 team league based in Richmond, Virginia, with teams nationwide from Virginia to Alaska. Cedar Rapids will be a member of the League’s Great Lakes Division, which boasts teams in Green Bay, Chicago and Bloomington, Illinois. The 14 game season kicks off in March with seven home and seven away games.

The IFL is a developmental league designed to help players reach their goal of playing for the NFL. Alumni of the league can be found in the United Football League, the Canadian Football League as well as the National Football League. Notable former players in the NFL include Anthony Armstrong, Wide Receiver for the Washington Redskins and Fred Jackson, Running Back for the Buffalo Bills.

Indoor Football offers families a cost-effective, family friendly environment as tickets will start as low as $10.

“We believe that Cedar Rapids is a fantastic market to bring a team into,” said Titans General Manager Chris Kokalis. “It has been a pleasure working with the City, VenuWorks, and other community members in anticipation of this announcement. We hope to promote economic development and be a part of the growth of the community by being active and giving back to the fans.”

The team is in the process of finalizing its lease with the city.

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