Charlotte’s arena football team kicks off season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Professional football is back in Charlotte this spring. The Charlotte Thunder arena football team has kicked off its season at Bojangles Coliseum.

The team is owned by former Carolina Panthers players Thomas Davis and Ted Ginn Jr., and Charlotte businessman Joe Maus.

The Thunder is a member of the American Arena League and will play in the East Division against teams from Florida, Mississippi, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Home games will be played at 7:30 p.m. at the coliseum unless otherwise noted. Here are the 2021 dates and opponents:

March 27 vs. Pennsylvania Union

April 3 vs. Indianapolis Enforcers

April 17 vs. Georgialina Lions

April 24 vs. St. Louis Bandits

May 1 vs. Carolina Predators

May 22 vs. Jersey Bearcats

May 29 vs. Tampa Tornadoes

June 6 vs. Mississippi Raiders (game time is 3 p.m.)

Seats will be sold in pods to help with social distancing during the event. Tickets cost $15. Parking is included in the ticket price.

Two-ply cloth masks or face coverings will be required to enter the venue. Masks with vents, gaiters and bandanas will not be allowed.

To help expedite entry and alleviate touchpoints, fans are encouraged not to carry bags. If you must bring a bag, it must be a clear purse, tote bag or diaper bag no larger than 14 in. x 14 in. x 6 in.

To find out more about the coliseum’s cleanliness and safety guidelines, click here.

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