Like cliff diving or ferret ownership, football is an endeavor best watched from the sidelines. Witness acts of bodily bravery with today's Groupon, which gets you a ticket to the Cleveland Gladiators' Arena Football League home opener against the Chicago Rush at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at Quicken Loans Arena. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $20, you get one green-section lower level sideline ticket (a $40 value).
- For $11, you get one blue-section upper end zone ticket (a $22 value).
High-octane and high-scoring Arena Football League gridiron action is played indoors on a 50-yard field with rebound nets, which not only serve to protect fans from flying footballs and kamikaze butterflies, but also rebound askew kicks and misplaced passes as live and playable. The Cleveland Gladiators' roster is packed with accomplished college athletes and former NFL players who have mastered the minutiae of the league, ensuring a home team worthy of devoted fandom and a 12-minute fight song performed by the Roman Philharmonic in Latin. Entertainment and nonstop enthusiasm is provided by the peppy Cleveland Gladiators Kickoff Crew and the Goddesses dance team, which will perform a half-time routine that will keep spectators rooted in their seats. Children might even meet Rudi the lion, the friendly Gladiators mascot.
Green-section seating for Gladiators games runs along each sideline, giving fans a profile perspective of play, and blue-section seating is positioned a level up from the field behind each end zone, a perfect spot for holding body-paint spelling bees.
The Cleveland Gladiators have more than 4,700 Facebook fans.
From 1992–1994, the Cleveland Thunderbolts gave the city its first taste of Arena Football League action. And while the taste was but a tease at the time—the team disbanded at the end of the 1994 season—AFL fans eventually would see a return to revelry in 2008 with the arrival of the Gladiators, a team that bounced around the country like a rock band on pogo sticks before diggin’ in their cleats at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. In their first official season, the Gladiators introduced themselves in grand fashion by advancing to the franchise's first-ever conference championship game—a tough loss, to the eventual league champion Philadelphia Soul, that’s since stood as the squad’s humbling reminder of the unending effort required to achieve league dominance.
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