The Orlando Predators announced today that the players from the 24-man roster posted at the end of training camp will be on the field when the team resumes practice on Saturday, March 17.
“The Orlando Predators players, owners and coaches have come together, and we are united and resolute in our intentions to move forward as a team,” said Managing Partner Brett Bouchy. “We sincerely apologize for the negative impact the events of last week may have had on our fans.”
The Orlando Predators are also offering every person who had a ticket for Friday’s home opener a ticket in the same price range for an upcoming Predators home game. Patrons can redeem their complimentary ticket by calling the Orlando Predators office at 407.648.4444.
The season opener for the Orlando Predators was held on March 9 at the Amway Center under the threat of a work stoppage by the AFL Players’ Union. The Arena Football League released the following statement on Saturday, March 10:
“On Friday, March 9, 2012 the AFLPU entered into a work stoppage at 6:35 pm ET. The AFLPU then retracted the claim and instructed players to go back to work at 1:03 am ET. The AFL’s 20-week regular season schedule and three-week playoff schedule will remain as slated culminating with ArenaBowl XXV in New Orleans on August 10.”
The team’s next practice will be held at 10 a.m. at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Saturday, March 17. Coaches, owners and players will be available to the media beginning at noon.
Orlando’s Arena Football League franchise since 1991, the Orlando Predators are entering their 21st year in the AFL. In that time, the Predators have advanced to the AFL Playoffs a league-leading 19 consecutive seasons and appeared in the Arena Bowl seven times, winning AFL Championships in 1998 and 2000.