Are you READY for Some NAL Action
Seven home games, the first look at two expansion teams, a rare Friday night game at the DCU Center and a late season home contest against the league champion Jacksonville Sharks highlight the 2020 Massachusetts Pirates National Arena League Schedule.
The Pirates will have seven home games at the DCU Center in Worcester and play six times on the road as they make their way toward a third consecutive trip to the playoffs and an NAL Championship.
Team President and General Manager Jawad Yatim feels the release of the schedule before the New Year will generate excitement for the upcoming season.
“I’m glad we can get the schedule out and truly begin to prepare in a more detailed fashion for the upcoming season. We’ve been working very hard this off-season and I’m proud of my operations team and front office for what they’ve brought to the table week in and week out. We’re excited to be kicking off 2020 against Orlando at home in front of Pirate Nation and we’ll continue to keep working hard to give Massachusetts and the rest of New England something to be proud of,” Yatim said.
The Pirates drew a bye in week one and officially will begin their season with the home opener on Saturday April 11, against the Orlando Predators at 7:00 pm. The following week Pirates fans will get their first glimpse of the New Jersey Flight on Saturday April 18 at 7:00 pm. The Pirates will end of the month on the road in Jacksonville, facing the Sharks on April 25.
Massachusetts will play five times in the month of May beginning with a Friday night game in New Jersey on the first before returning home to host the Carolina Cobras in what will be the only Friday night home game on May 8 at 7:30. The Pirates then shove off on a two game road trip with a stop in Carolina on Saturday, May 16 and then will drop anchor in Orlando for a Friday night tilt on May 22. The Pirates then return home on Saturday, May 30 for their first ever meeting with the league’s other expansion franchise, the West Virginia Roughriders at 7:00.
After a week 10 bye (June 6), the Pirates will play back to back home games. Saturday, June 13 the Columbus Lions will make their only appearance at the DCU Center and on Saturday, June 20. New Jersey will visit once again. Both games will kick off at 7:00 pm. Saturday, June 27 the team travels to Columbus in a week 13 match up.
Massachusetts will have its final bye week on July 3 and should be rested to face the defending NAL champion Jacksonville Sharks at home on Saturday night, July 11 at 7:00. The final regular season game will in West Virginia on Saturday, July 18.
The first round of the playoffs is set for the weekend of July 25 and after a bye the following week, the NAL Championship Game will take place on August 8 with the highest remaining seed hosting the event.
“As Head Coach of the Massachusetts Pirates, I’m very excited about the 2020 NAL schedule and what’s in store for this team,” said first year leader Patrick Pass. Chief Executive Officer Hassan Yatim added, “As the CEO of the Massachusetts Pirates, the whole organization is excited for the schedule release and we’re looking forward to competing for a championship.”
The Massachusetts Pirates are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The Pirates play all home games at the DCU Center located at 50 Forster St. Worcester, MA, 01608. Pirates season tickets for the 2020 season are now available starting at $99.00. For more information on the Massachusetts Pirates please call (508) 452-MASS (6277), email contact@masspiratesfootball.