JACKSONVILLE, FLA - The Arena Football League and Jacksonville Sharks announce the 2011 season schedule Wednesday.
The AFL's upcoming 24th season will begin regular season play Friday, March 11, 2011 and culminate with ArenaBowl XXIV being played August 13, 2011.
The Jacksonville Sharks will play nine of the 18-game schedule on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for their sophomore season.
The Sharks, reigning champions of the South Division, look for another successful season after setting a record for wins by an expansion team in 2010. Against 2011 opponents, the Sharks are a combined 6-4 lifetime.
The Sharks open the season on the road in Phoenix Arizona Saturday, March 12, 2011 before playing two divisional games at home against the Georgia Force and New Orleans VooDoo March 19 and March 26, respectively.
The Sharks then travel to the in-state rival Tampa Bay Storm Friday, April 1, 2011 before the first of two bye-weeks.
The Sharks return to Sea Best Field for Easter Weekend, April 23, 2011, to host the Cleveland Gladiators after traveling to the Pittsburgh Power April 16 facing former Sharks offensive coordinator - and current Power head coach - Chris Siegfried.
The Sharks will finish the home division schedule playing host to the Orlando Predators Saturday, April 30, 2011 and the Tampa Bay Storm Saturday, June 25, 2011.