PRESS RELEASE – In 2001, MCU Park opened its doors and the Brooklyn Cyclones brought professional sports back to the borough for the first time in over 40 years. Now, Coney Island will once again play host to a historic moment in Brooklyn sports lore when the Brooklyn Bolts bring professional football back to the borough for the first time since 1944 when the FXFL kicks off their Inaugural Season.
The Bolts will begin their season on Wednesday, October 15th against the Boston Brawlers, but the team will be welcomed to Brooklyn on Tuesday, 10/14, during a special ceremony at Borough Hall beginning at 2:00 PM. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, District 47 Councilmen Mark Treyger and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Scissura will represent the borough at the press conference on the steps of Borough Hall. Also speaking at the rally will be FXFL Commissioner Brian Woods and Brooklyn Bolts Head Coach John Bock.
Prior to the event, Bolts players and coaches will mingle with fans as part of an autograph / photo session starting at 12:45 PM.
“When our ballpark opened in 2001, it marked the first time that there was a professional sports franchise in Brooklyn since the Dodgers left in 1957,” said Brooklyn Cyclones Vice President, Steve Cohen. “It’s amazing to think that 14 years later we now have professional sports franchises in baseball, football and basketball with hockey on the way. That’s a testament to the pride and ownership that the people of Brooklyn feel for their neighborhood teams.”
The Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL), which owns the Brooklyn Bolts, is working closely with the Brooklyn Cyclones front office staff for day-to-day operations of the franchise. The season consists of five games against franchises in Boston, Omaha and a traveling all-star squad known as the Blacktips. Rosters for all teams consist of players who are at most three years removed from college and all of which have some experience in the NFL and are looking to further develop in hopes of making it back to playing on Sundays. Players on the Bolts roster come from schools like Notre Dame, Michigan, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Rutgers.
Tickets for the 2014 season start at just $20 and are on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting the MCU Park box office, or at BKLYNBolts.com.
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