The Columbus Lions’ long-awaited 2018 schedule, delayed by National Arena League expansion and arena considerations in NAL cities, features seven regular-season home games, with the first two coming against last season’s playoff opponents at the Columbus Civic Center.
On Friday, April 13, last year’s playoff semifinalists, the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, open the season in Columbus at 7 p.m. The Lions overcame a double-digit deficit and made a thrilling comeback in Allentown, Pa., last June to advance to the 2017 championship game in Jacksonville.
The Sharks will be the Lions’ second opponent on home turf on Saturday, April 21. The first two home games are sandwiched around bye weeks for the Lions, with the first road game against the expansion Massachusetts Pirates on May 4 in Worcester.
The Lions’ remaining home games are May 12 vs. the expansion (Greensboro, N.C.) Carolina Cobras; June 9 against the expansion (Portland) Maine Mammoths, June 30 vs. Massachusetts; July 7 against Jacksonville and July 28 against Maine.
Eight road games will be played as part of a 15-game schedule. The Lions travel to Carolina, Jacksonville and Massachusetts twice each, and Maine and Lehigh Valley once each.
Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Jason Gibson said “We’re looking to go to our fourth straight league championship game. I’m excited about the caliber of both teams and players coming into the NAL, and particularly about our enhancements to the fan experience we’ve worked very hard to create and upgrade for 2018. With back-to-back playoff opponents to start the season at “The Jungle”, I think Lions Nation has reason to expect a truly outstanding 12th season for our franchise on the field and in the stands.”
Day and Date Opponent Game Site Game Time
Friday, April 13 LEHIGH VALLEY STEELHAWKS COLUMBUS, GA 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, April 21 JACKSONVILLE SHARKS COLUMBUS, GA 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 28 BYE
Sunday, May 6 at MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES WORCESTER, MA 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, May 12 CAROLINA COBRAS COLUMBUS, GA 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 19 at LEHIGH VALLEY STEELHAWKS ALLENTOWN, PA 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 26 BYE
Saturday, June 2 at JACKSONVILLE SHARKS JACKSONVILLE, FL 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, June 9 MAINE MAMMOTHS COLUMBUS, GA 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, June 16 at MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES WORCESTER, MA 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, June 23 at CAROLINA COBRAS GREENSBORO, NC 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, June 30 MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES COLUMBUS, GA 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, July 7 JACKSONVILLE SHARKS COLUMBUS, GA 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, July 14 at MAINE MAMMOTHS PORTLAND, ME 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, July 21 at JACKSONVILLE SHARKS JACKSONVILLE, FL 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, July 28 MAINE MAMMOTHS COLUMBUS, GA 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, August 4 at CAROLINA COBRAS GREENSBORO, NC 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, August 11 – PLAYOFF SEMIFINALS Saturday, August 18 — CHAMPIONSHIP