2016 Portland Steel schedule Dec 10, 2015 21:16:57 GMT -8
Post by David on Dec 10, 2015 21:16:57 GMT -8
Portland's 2016 Home Schedule. (Image Credit: Portland Steel [banner only])
The newly branded Portland Steel, retaining its historical achievements as the Portland Thunder, kick off their third season in the Arena Football League on April Fools Day, battling the Arizona Rattlers at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter Garden.
The first two months of the season will be sure to rack up the frequent flyer miles, as the Steel will play three straight games on the road. After a home date with their expansion sibling Los Angeles KISS, the Steel will hit the road for three more games. Portland will play a total of 6 road games in the team's first 8 games. In the second half of the season, the Steel will enjoy the friendly confines of the Moda Center to kick off the summer months. From June to August, the Steel will play 6 of their final 8 games at home.
With a total 8 teams in the AFL in 2016, the Steel's schedule features 3-match-ups with geographic rivals Arizona (1 home, 2 away) and Los Angeles (2 home, 1 away), and home-and-away games with Orlando, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Jacksonville, and Tampa Bay. This schedule will allow Portland fans the opportunity see the Orlando, Philadelphia, and Cleveland visit the Moda Center for the very first time.
Portland will play a total of 16 games during the regular season in a span of 18 weeks, down from 18-game seasons the league has provided since the 2011 season. Each team will receive two bye weeks, one of which will be a league-wide bye in observation of Independence Day weekend (Week 14).
The following is Portland's 2016 schedule (times are pacific; royal blue denotes home games). Television and streaming listings will be released at a later date and will be updated once that information becomes available.
Week 1 -- Fri., April 1 - Arizona Rattlers at Portland Steel (L 28-80)
Week 2 -- Sat., April 9 - Portland Steel at Orlando Predators (L 50-53)
Week 3 -- Sun., April 17 - Portland Steel at Philadelphia Soul (L 32-70)
Week 4 -- BYE
Week 5 -- Sat., April 30 - Portland Steel at Arizona Rattlers (L 21-68)
Week 6 -- Mon., May 9 - Portland Steel at Los Angeles KISS (L 27-66)
Week 7 -- Mon., May 16 - Portland Steel at Cleveland Gladiators (L 48-55) (OT)
Week 8 -- Sat., May 21 - Portland Steel at Jacksonville Sharks, (L 34-65)
Week 9 -- Sat., May 28 - Portland Steel at Los Angeles KISS, 7 p.m. (L 42-54)
Week 10 -- Fri., June 3 - Tampa Bay Storm at Portland Steel (W 68-35)
Week 11 -- Sat., June 11 - Portland Steel at Arizona Rattlers (L 49-76)
Week 12 -- Sat., June 18 - Cleveland Gladiators at Portland Steel (L 49-58)
Week 13 -- Mon., June 27 - Philadelphia Soul at Portland Steel (L 38-59)
Week 14 -- BYE
Week 15 -- Sat., July 9 - Orlando Predators at Portland Steel (L 41-47)
Week 16 -- Sat., July 16 - Jacksonville Sharks at Portland Steel (W 55-53)
Week 17 -- Sat., July 23 - Portland Steel at Tampa Bay Storm (L 40-41)
Week 18 -- Mon., August 1 - Los Angeles KISS at Portland Steel (W 48-46)
Conference Semifinals -- Sat., August 6 - Portland Steel at Arizona Rattlers (L 40-84)
Arizona Rattlers - Talking Stick Resort Arena; Phoenix, Arizona
Cleveland Gladiators - Quicken Loans Arena; Cleveland, Ohio
Jacksonville Sharks - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena; Jacksonville, Florida
Los Angeles KISS - Honda Center; Anaheim, California
Orlando Predators - Amway Arena; Orlando, Florida
Philadelphia Soul - Wells Fargo Center; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tampa Bay Storm - Amalie Arena; Tampa, Florida
Click here to view the week-by-week schedule for the AFL's 2016 season.
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