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Team: Arizona Rattlers
Arena: Gila River Arena
Location: Glendale, Ariz.
Head Coach: Kevin Guy
Mascot: Fang and Stryker
Arizona Rattlers TicketsThe Arizona Rattlers are a professional football team that competes in the Indoor Football League. The Rattlers began their play as an expansion team in 1992 as a member of the Arena Football League. The Rattlers are the winners of 10 division titles and won five of the nine Arena Bowl Championship games they played in. The Rattlers announced their planned departure from the AFL on Oct. 17, 2016. They began their play in the IFL at the beginning of the 2017 season. The league debut for the Rattlers was against the defending champion Sioux Falls Storm on Feb. 17, 2017. The Rattlers lost to the Storm 40-29. Five months later, the Rattlers faced the Storm again. This time the league championship was on the line. The Rattlers prevailed 50-41 to win their first IFL Championship. You can purchase Arizona Rattlers tickets at StubHub.
Where can I see an Arizona Rattlers football game?The Arizona Rattlers will play their 2020 home schedule at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The multipurpose sports and entertainment complex sits on more than 13 acres of land and receives more than a million visitors a year for various events.
When can I see an Arizona Rattlers football game?The 2020 season for the Rattlers kicks off with a road game against the Quad City Steamwheelers. The third week of the season is when the Rattlers play at home for the first time against the Tuscon Sugar Skulls. The 15-week regular season ends in Glendale on June 27 against the Duke City Gladiators.
Who will I see at an Arizona Rattlers football game?Quarterback Drew Powell is the man in charge of things when the Rattler's offense has the football. Powell signed with the team midway through the season a year ago and came within three points of leading the Rattlers to a championship. Jabre Lolley led the Rattlers a year ago with 442 yards rushing. Lolley averaged nearly 6 yards every time he touched the ball. Fourteen of the 76 rushes by Lolley resulted in touchdowns. The Rattler defense is anchored by Brandon Merriweather, the 2019 IFL Defensive Player of the Year. The former West Texas A&M defensive back made a league-best 103 tackles and tied for second in the league with 12 pass breakups. Merriweather also recorded four interceptions and recovered two fumbles. Allen Champman and Ricky Wyatt Jr. are other star players for the Rattlers defense.
Who is the coach of the Arizona Rattlers?Kevin Guy was named coach of the Arizona Rattlers Aug. 10, 2007. Guy coached the Rattlers to three consecutive Arena Bowl Championships in the AFL from 2012 to 2014. The Rattlers did not skip a beat under Guy when the team moved to the IFL in 2017. Guy coached the team to a United Bowl victory during their first year of play in the league.
What players have been honored by the Arizona Rattlers?Shedrick Bonner is one of the most successful players to ever play in the AFL. Bonner was the quarterback for the Rattlers for 14 seasons and threw for more than 42,000 yards. He also ended his career with a 115.9 passer rating and 855 touchdowns. Bonner led the Rattlers to five appearances in the Arena Bowl Championship game. The Rattlers won two championships with Bonner behind the center. Hunkie Cooper spent 13 years as a wide receiver for the Arizona Rattlers. Cooper was voted the league's most valuable player in his rookie year. He has also been ranked as the fifth-best player to ever play in the Arena Football League. Randy Gatewood was a Rattlers player from 1996-2007. The list of accolades accumulated by Gatewood includes being named to the first-team All-Arena team three times. Gatewood was named to the second team on three other occasions. Gatewood made the ALL-Ironman team three times and was the Ironman of the year on two occasions.
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