The Carolina Cobras kick off their fourth season in the Arena Football League on Friday, January 31, when they face the Tampa Bay Storm at the Ice Palace in Tampa. After three seasons in Raleigh, the Cobras are moving to Charlotte for the 2003 season. They will make their Queen City debut on Friday, February 14, against the Detroit Fury at 7:30 p.m. in the Charlotte Coliseum.
As a member of the AFL's Southern Division of the National Conference, the Cobras will play eight home games at the Charlotte Coliseum and eight away games during the 2003 regular season. The AFL playoffs will begin on May 25 and Arena Bowl XVII is scheduled for Sunday, June 22.
"We're really looking forward to kicking off our first season here in Charlotte," said Cobras General Manager Darrell Harbin. "It's an exciting time for our league with NBC coming on board. It will be great for our fans."
Carolina's schedule features home-and-home matchups with Southern Division opponents Georgia, Orlando and Tampa Bay, a Week 9 road trip to San Jose to face the defending league champions and NBC home telecasts against New Jersey (Week 6) and Chicago (Week 14).
The 2003 season marks the first year in which Arena Football League games will be televised by NBC. Through its agreement with the AFL, NBC will televise more than 70 AFL games in 2003 on a regional basis, which would be the second-most games on network television of any sports league behind only the NFL.
To be a part of the total entertainment experience of Carolina Cobras football, call 877-4-COBRAS. Season ticket packages for the 2003 season are currently on sale and start as low as $64 per seat. For lodging, contact the official hotel of the Carolina Cobras, Homewood Suites by HiltonŽ - Charlotte Airport/Coliseum at 704-357-0500.