The Arena Football League, Orlando Predators and Amway Center are pleased to announce that ArenaBowl XXVI will be played in Orlando on August 17, 2013. The game will be televised live on the CBS Television Network.
world loves traveling to Orlando, so I can't think of a better place to
host our biggest event," AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. "We
anticipate the largest viewing audience our League has ever had, so we
will put on as great a show as they have ever seen."
XXVI will be the fourth AFL championship game played in Orlando and the
first neutral site ArenaBowl in the city's history. This will be the
second consecutive neutral site ArenaBowl and the sixth in the history
of the League.
weekend full of events surrounding ArenaBowl XXVI will include the
ArenaBowl Gala on Thursday evening announcing the major award winners
from the regular season, and a concert featuring a headline recording
artist on Friday night. These and other events will lead up to the
ArenaBowl, which is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.
have been treated to something historic in each of the previous three
ArenaBowls held in Orlando. The ArenaBowl first came to Orlando in 1992
when the Detroit Drive defeated the Orlando Predators, 56-38, in
ArenaBowl VI to claim their fourth title in five seasons. Two years
later, the city hosted the game again when the Arizona Rattlers
celebrated their first championship in franchise history when
quarterback Sherdrick Bonner connected with receiver Calvin Schexnayder
for a game-winning 24-yard touchdown with 31 seconds left for a 36-31
victory over the Predators in ArenaBowl VIII. The hometown Predators
came away with a win the last time the championship game was held in
Orlando, defeating the Nashville Kats, 41-38, by kicking a field goal as
time expired in ArenaBowl XIV.