Arena football is back

Arena football is back

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by BETH SHAYNE / NewsChannel 36

WCNC.com

Posted on March 25, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 26 at 9:18 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After a year without a home, the Carolina Speed opened what might be the only professional football season you see in Charlotte at Bojangles Coliseum Friday night.

The team didn't play last year because of a conflict over arena space, but they are back this year for a 13-week season. Friday night was the home opener. Ironically enough, the Speed played against the Panthers....of Albany

A friend of mine said, 'Hey, I am going to work down at this pro football game. You wanna go?' and I'm like, 'What pro football game?," laughed first-timer Joe Crill. "I think the Panthers might not have a season, so..."
 
Arena football prides itself on a faster-paced, more intimate game that's big on the fan experience. Friday night, attendance looked to be about 1,000.
 
"At BofA stadium, you can't yell at a player and know that the player heard you," bragged season ticket holder James Beery.
 
With a lockout looming in the NFL, many fans told us it's a good substitute.

"There is constantly something going on. There is no dead time. I mean, it's very exciting," observed Jeff Whitecotton. "I was hoping there would be a bigger crowd than this, but it's the first weekend. Maybe next weekend there will be more people here."

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