SPOKANE -- The Spokane Shock are taking their indoor Arena Football League game into new territory—outdoors.
The Shock announced on Thursday that the team will play the first outdoor game in team history at Joe Albi Stadium. They will take on the Utah Blaze on July 9th in a game the team is calling the Joe Albi Summer Classic.
“We are proud to bring such a unique event to the greatest fans in the AFL, right here in Spokane,” Majority Owner/CEO Brady Nelson said. “This is an idea that we have been toying with for a few years now and we are happy to bring it to our fans. The Joe Albi Summer Classic’ is going to be a memorable event that no one will want to miss.”
According to the Shock, “the game will feature all the traditional rules of the arena game, including a 50-yard field with walls and rebound nets. “
“Having this game played outdoors is a great way to introduce more fans to our exciting sport and creates a different look to Arena Football,” AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. “The 18-game schedule allows us to experiment with other aspects of our game while still providing our fans with the same family-fun entertainment.”
Tickets for the game are available Friday at noon for season ticket holders and will go on sale to the general public on Monday morning at 10am.