CEDAR RAPIDS – Imagine if Michigan Ohio State opened the season against each other. How about Duke and North Carolina on the hardwood? The Cedar Rapids Titans are thinking that way for the 2013 Indoor Football League season.
The Titans released its schedule for their sophomore season Monday. They kick off the season with back to back games against the Chicago Slaughter on Feb. 16. It’s just two of the four games the two teams will play this season.
“I think the rivalries that we saw with Chicago and Green Bay, a lot of Chicago fans travel over , saw some fans come up from Green Bay as well,” Titans general manager and co-owner Chris Kokalis said. “And I know for our fans who like to travel with us on the road, it’s going to create more opportunities for them to travel as well.
Cedar Rapids plays Chicago three times in the first eight games of the season. The back half of the year features a heavy dose of Green Bay.
The Titans play the Blizzard three of their final five games, including two of their final three. The season also begins and ends with the two rivals – both at home. The Titans host the Blizzard in its season finale.
Fans will have an opportunity to watch football indoors during the coldest months of the year more than usual. Three of the team’s first four games are home, at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
“This year it was important. We live in the Midwest and winter takes a toll on everybody. So as soon as that nice weather hits, people want to get outdoors. People want to experience Kernels baseball. They want to get outside and travel,”Kokalis said. “ So it was important for us to get as many of those early home games as possible.”
In addition to the eight games against Chicago and Green Bay, Cedar Rapids plays the newly named Texas Revolution (home and away), Wyoming Slaughter (home and away) and the Sioux Falls Storm (home and away).