06/30/2017 12:32 PM -

ATLANTA  – The National Arena League announced today that they will hold a Media Day and Awards Banquet Sunday, July 9 on the eve of the National Arena League Championship Game. The National Arena League Championship Media Day will take place Sunday, July 9 at 2pm at the Times Union Center in downtown Jacksonville. The event will be specifically located inside the Times Union Center overlooking the St. Johns River at 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL.


Media Day will feature the head coaches of both the Columbus Lions and the Jacksonville Sharks along with players for each team. The event is open to the public and will be hosted by the Jacksonville Sharks and the NAL’s Commissioner John Gregory and Director of Football Operations Chris Siegfried. Players and Coaches will address the media followed by an open Q&A.  


The 2017 National Arena League Award Banquet will also be held at the Times Union Center in downtown Jacksonville Sunday, July 9. The event will kickoff at 6pm and will be a invite only event catering to all the team’s in the National Arena League, league staff, players and guests. The banquet will be set for business attire and will feature beer, wine, soda and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.


A facebook live feed for both events will be available on the Jacksonville Sharks facebook page (, Columbus Lions facebook page ( and the National Arena League’s facebook page (


Following the events on Sunday, July 9 the Columbus Lions and Jacksonville Sharks will face off Monday night July 10 at 7:30 for the National Arena League Championship game. For tickets to the NAL Championship game call 904.621.0700.


The Official Host Hotel of the NAL Championship Game and the Jacksonville Sharks is the Omni Jacksonville Hotel located at 245 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 in downtown Jacksonville just minutes from the arena.  Please call 1-800-843-6664 (1-800-THE OMNI) or go to

and use promo code NAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOM BLOCK for your special room rate.


The Official Host Hotel of the Columbus Lions is the Ramada Jacksonville/Baymeadows Hotel and Conference Center located at 9150 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256.  Please call 904-737-1700 and mention promo code LIONS for your special room rate.


2017 National Arena League Awards

*To be announced at Award Ceremony

-  Best Franchise

- Executive of the Year

- Coach of the Year

- League MVP

- Offensive of Player of the Year

- Defensive of Player of the Year

- Special Teams Player of the Year

- Offensive of Rookie of the Year

- Defensive of Rookie of the Year

- Most Improved Player

- Referee of the Year

- Best Fans

- Best Dance Team

- Best Mascot

- Best Game Experience

- Best Medical Staff

- Best Community Relations

- Best Media Relations

- Best Website


About the NAL

The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as a premiere league in arena football. The league currently has franchises in both the United States and Mexico. For more information on the NAL visit or view us on social media at,,