2016 Nighthawks Schedule Updated Again

WICHITA FALLS, TX - UPDATE (Jan. 29): The Indoor Football League has terminated the franchise of the Minnesota Havok, marking the second time this off-season the league has forced out a team for not meeting obligations. Ironically, the other was another Minnesota-based team, the Minnesota (formerly Bemidji) Axemen, in November.

In addition, the Nighthawks have been shifted from the Intense Conference to the United Conference, joining Cedar Rapids, Green Bay, Iowa and Sioux Falls. The Intense Conference will now include Billings, Colorado, Nebraska, Spokane and Tri-Cities.

The league released the following statement Friday:

The Indoor Football League (IFL) announced today that the membership of the Minnesota Havok has been terminated.  Effective immediately, the team will no longer participate during the upcoming 2016 IFL season.

“As a result of the Havok organization failing to reach minimum IFL operational standards, the League has made the difficult decision to terminate the team’s membership,” stated IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse.  “We greatly value the tremendous fans of the IFL and refuse to provide anything less than the highest professional product, both on and off the field, in the industry.  We are highly anticipating the start of the 2016 season, which should prove to be the most exciting in League history.”

Fans that have purchased tickets for the Havok’s 2016 season are encouraged to contact the team office to receive a refund; (507) 382-0128.

The IFL and its member teams will proceed with a revised 2016 schedule featuring 10 teams.  Home dates for all member teams remain unchanged. The 19-Week, 80-game schedule kicks off on Saturday, February 20th, featuring the renewal of a historic rivalry when the Tri-Cities Fever host the Spokane Empire.  The regular season will conclude on Saturday, June 25th.

After observing a league-wide bye week at the conclusion of the season during the Fourth of July weekend (July 1st-3rd), postseason play will begin the weekend of July 8th and culminate in the 2016 United Bowl championship game during the weekend of July 22nd.

Below is a newly-updated schedule:

Week 1: BYE
Week 2: at Spokane Empire, Feb. 27 (7:00 p.m.)
Week 3: vs Colorado Crush, March 4 (7:05 p.m.) *
Week 4: vs Iowa Barnstormers, March 11 (7:05 p.m.) *
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: at Nebraska Danger, March 25 (7:05 p.m.)*
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: vs Tri-Cities Fever, April 9 (7:05 p.m.)
Week 9: at Sioux Falls Storm, April 16 (7:05 p.m.)
Week 10: vs Cedar Rapids Titans, April 22 (7:05 p.m.) *
Week 11: at Colorado Crush, April 29 (8:30 p.m.) *
Week 12: vs Sioux Falls Storm, May 6 (7:05 p.m.) *
Week 13: at Colorado Crush, May 14 (8:00 p.m.)
Week 14: vs Nebraska Danger, May 21 (7:05 p.m.)
Week 15: at Nebraska Danger, May 27 (7:05 p.m.) *
Week 16: vs Green Bay Blizzard, June 4 (7:05 p.m.)
Week 17: vs Colorado Crush, June 11 (7:05 p.m.)
Week 18: at Iowa Barnstormers, June 18 (7:05 p.m.)
Week 19: at Green Bay Blizzard, June 25 (7:00 p.m.)

*Friday night game
Changes in bold

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