11/14/2011 3:59 PM - TULSA, OK – The Arena Football League today announced the kickoff times for all 306 AFL games for the 2012 regular season schedule, which will begin on Friday, March 9, 2012.

The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks will maintain familiar kickoff times for home games. All games at Sea Best Field will start at 8:00 on Friday nights and at 7:00 on Saturday nights. Notably, the Sharks play just two games outside the Eastern Time Zone in 2012 and do not have a kickoff time later than 8:30 p.m. EST.

From a league release:

The AFL will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary during the 2012 season. “Arena Football Friday” on NFL Network will open the League’s Silver Anniversary on March 9 featuring the Pittsburgh Power against the Orlando Predators from the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. at 8 p.m. ET. Two games are scheduled on Saturday, March 10 including the Arizona Rattlers visiting the San Jose SaberCats at 10:30 p.m. ET and the Utah Blaze visiting the San Antonio Talons at 4:00 p.m. ET. One game is scheduled for Sunday with the Tampa Bay Storm facing the Chicago Rush at 3:00 p.m. ET on the road. Opening weekend concludes on Monday, March 12 when the Cleveland Gladiators visit the Georgia Force at 7:30 p.m. ET and the Iowa Barnstormers face the Spokane Shock in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The past two League champions, Spokane (ArenaBowl XXIII, 2010) and Jacksonville (ArenaBowl XXIV, 2011) will square off in a Week 8 matchup on Saturday, April 28 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:00 p.m. ET. Other notable matchups include the Philadelphia Soul at Pittsburgh Power on Friday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET, the Georgia Force at Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET, San Jose SaberCats at Arizona Rattlers on Saturday, May 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET, Jacksonville Sharks at Orlando Predators on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NFL Network, and the “War on I-4” featuring the Tampa Bay Storm at Orlando Predators on Friday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

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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 and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at