After a 75-69 victory over the Utah Blaze in the National Conference championship game, the Arizona Rattlers (13-5) are headed to New Orleans for a meeting with the Philadelphia Soul (15-3) in AVITAE ArenaBowl XXV.
of the League’s most storied franchises, the Rattlers are primed for
their second consecutive ArenaBowl appearance and seventh championship
game in franchise history. After winning the West Division for the
second consecutive season, Head Coach KEVIN GUY aims to bring the Foster
Trophy back to the Valley for the first time since 1997.
Soul were crowned ArenaBowl champions the last time New Orleans hosted
an ArenaBowl. Four years later, the Big Game is back in the “Big Easy”
and Head Coach Doug Plank has his sights set on bringing another pro
football championship back to Philadelphia. Guided by Offensive
Coordinator Clint Dolezel, the Soul offense put up eye-popping numbers
in 2012, becoming the first team in AFL history to begin a season with
eight straight 60+ point games. In the 2012 postseason, the Soul took
down the New Orleans VooDoo (8-10), 66-53, in the opening rounds and
scored an AFL postseason-record 89 points against the defending-champion
Jacksonville Sharks (10-8) in the American Conference championship
game. Their 55-point margin of victory over the Sharks also represents
the largest in AFL postseason history.
Soul and Rattlers will clash for the first time this season in New
Orleans on August 10. Kickoff for AVITAE ArenaBowl XXV is set for 10:30