10/28/2011 8:36 PM - TULSA – The AFL, in conjunction with Spalding, is pleased to announce the launch of its special edition, 25th Anniversary game ball. As the League enters its 25th season in 2012, the ball aims to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Arena Football League.
The new dark leather design consists of a silver stripe and silver laces, representing the Silver Anniversary of the AFL. The 25th Anniversary logo is on the top front panel of the newly designed football. The commemorative football will be made available for purchase in the near future.
“We’re incredibly excited about the look of this year’s game ball,” Sharks managing partner Jeff Bouchy said. “It’s a great way to honor the history of our league, and we can’t wait to share it with our fans. Around 30 balls each game end up as souvenirs for fans to take home.”
Plenty of fans will have the opportunity to take home a game-used ball during the 10 games the Sharks will play at Sea Best Field. But for those not quite so lucky, this year’s game ball will be available for purchase at the Sharks team store and online at jaxsharks.com.
Along with the special edition football, the 25th Anniversary AFL season will be known as the “Year of the Fan.”
“Because of our tremendous fans, the Arena Football League has reached the milestone of 25 seasons,” AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. “This year we want to celebrate not only our Silver Anniversary, but we want to recognize our fans who have supported this League for so long.”
The AFL is also set to launch an exclusive fan club and weekly contests throughout the offseason and into the 2012 regular season on ArenaFootball.com, Facebook and Twitter.
The 25th season kicks off on Friday, March 9, 2012 when the Pittsburgh Power visit the Orlando Predators in NFL Network’s “Arena Football Friday” broadcast.
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-back South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2012 season are now available, two tickets as low as $135. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance.