Columbus Lion’s 2018 schedule now available: 7 home games this year

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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