Bloomington, IL. – The Bloomington Edge is pleased to announce a new summer schedule for the 2018 season. The team will hold their annual Blue/Red indoor football game as scheduled on Sunday February 25th, and then continue their season beginning on July 7. The Edge will play six home games beginning July 7th. By moving games to the summer, the Edge will provide the opportunity for pre-game tailgating, block parties, as well as the ability to provide indoor camps and programming for kids in the Bloomington-Normal community.
“In taking feedback from our fans and community we found there was an immense desire for more pregame activities as well as on-field programming during the week for kids when they are out of school,” says Bloomington Edge General Manager Charles Welde. “We’re pleased to adapt and provide those opportunities for our fans, partners, and the community.”
Bloomington police chief Brendan Heffner echoed those sentiments especially as they relate to the kids of Bloomington-Normal. "We look forward to collaborating with the Edge this summer to provide youth activities," Chief Heffner commented.
Matt Hawkins is the Sports Director for the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention Bureau and Visitor’s Center. He sees potential in a Bloomington Edge summer schedule. “I’m Looking forward to the possibility of exploring summer programming with the Edge,” Mr. Hawkins said.
Even before this announcement, the Edge had been looking into ways to provide more summer programming. They recently entered into a partnership agreement with the Town of Normal Parks and Recreation Department and arranged a one day Edge football summer camp scheduled for July 28th.
“We are excited to partner with the Bloomington Edge this summer and offer a free youth football clinic,” commented Tony Axelson who works for the Town of Normal Parks and Rereation Department. “Participants will get the opportunity to interact with professional football players in a fun, friendly atmosphere. It will be a great experience for kids in the community who want to give football a shot.”
VenuWorks Executive Director Lynn Cannon says the arena and VenuWorks are doing everything they can to help the team transition to a summer schedule. “While it is disappointing the Edge won’t play their spring games we are committed to working with the team to make their summer season as successful as possible,” she said.
In between their game this Sunday and their next game July 7th, the Edge looks to continue its aggressive community interaction agenda. The organization will host a Sports Management Conference at the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center on March 31st and the Central Illinois High School Recruiting Showcase for junior and senior high school football players on April 21st. Fans will also continue to see players and the mascot “Spike” at community events all over Bloomington-Normal.
Tickets are on sale now for the Sunday February 25th Blue/Red game at 5pm inside Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington. For more information please contact the Edge at (484)-840-EDGE or visit them online at www.bloomingtonedge.net.