Sold Out Titans Game Gets Players Fired Up About Future
By Addison Speck, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Saturday is the season opener for the Cedar Rapids Titans. The new franchise will kick off the season in a full-house. Titan leaders said this is the first sold out event at the Cedar Rapids ice arena in 8 years. The Titans will take on the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks with kickoff at 7:05.
But it wasn't long ago the Cedar Rapids Titans had open try-outs. Now they are gearing up to play for a sold out crowd. "Feels great. I am pumped right now," said Jovan Jackson, a Defensive Back for the Titans. "It makes me want to play ten times harder for the community and make them feel proud of being part of the Cedar Rapids titans," said Willie Copeland, the Titans starting Quarterback.
42 hundred seats will be filled, for the start of what-could be a Cedar Rapids tradition. "That's certainly the first step in the direction of what we hope is a relationship between the titans and Cedar Rapids," said Tommy Benizio, Commissioner of the Indoor Football League. "The success that the kernels have had, the Roughriders have had this is a great sports community," added Chris Kokalis, Co-Owner and General Manager of the Titans.
Players and coaches agreed it will take winning games and community support to make it work. "In the indoor game that ninth player, the fans play a big role in the team being successful," said Kyle Moore-Brown, Titans Football Coach. "Success. Just one word, that's all. Success," added Jackson.
For some players this is one step closer to the NFL. "This isn't back yard, sand lot football these are legit NFL prospects playing full contact, very fast football and being watched by NFL scouts almost every single game," said Benizio. For others it's a chance to keep playing the game they love. "People look at how much they are being paid and not their dedication to the game," said Moore-Brown. But the Titans hope fans will be just as dedicated as they are, promising to put on their best show both on and off the field.
Fans going to the game are encouraged to tailgate Saturday. If you would like ticket information for future games you can visit the Cedar Rapids Titans website at: http://www.cedarrapidstitans.com/home/.