CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Titans kick off their season Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against the Bemidji Axeman from northern Minnesota.
The Titans are playing on a new home field inside the U.S. Cellular Center. The higher ceilings at the downtown arena will make the game much better for the Titans, particularly the team's kicker, who often ran the risk of hitting the low hanging scoreboard in the middle of the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, where the Titans used to play.
The U.S. Cellular Center also has about 1,500 additional seats compared to the ice rink, allowing for more fans to pack the stands.
This year fans will recognize a few faces on the field, as several players and coaches are returning to the team. Mark Stout will return as head coach, but instead of calling defense, he will be calling offense.
The Titans are bringing in Ameer Ismail as defensive coordinator. While this is Ameer's first year coaching in the IFL, fans may remember him from his playing days in the IFL. Ismail has played with the Blooming Edge and Chicago Slaughter.
Also returning to the Titans sidelines will be Michael Custer as special teams coordinator, and new to the team this year is defensive backs coach Terry Bates.
Tickets are available at the U.S. Cellular Center box office or through the Titans website.