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Tucson Sugar Skulls Opens Second Season March 19, 2020

The Indoor Football League, including Tucson Sugar Skulls, is postponing its season until further notice. The IFL will continue to evaluate ongoing events and the safety of our players and will rely on the guidance of public health experts and our league’s Board of Directors in determining when to restart the 2020 season.

TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls will open their second season on the road on Thursday, March 19, 2020, and then play the first of seven regular-season home games on Sunday, March 29, when they take on the Duke City Gladiators, one of four new teams in the Indoor Football League, at Tucson Convention Center Arena. 

The 2020 IFL schedule announced today gives the Sugar Skulls seven different opponents in their seven home games, including visits from three of the four new teams in the league. The other new teams visiting Tucson Arena will be the Spokane Shock on Sunday, March 24, and the Oakland Panthers in the season finale on Saturday, June 27. Tucson will host the Arizona Rattlers on Saturday, May 9. The San Diego Strike Force will visit on Saturday, April 11. The Green Bay Blizzard and Bismarck Bucks round out the home schedule with games on Saturday, May 2, and Saturday, June 13, respectively. Saturday games will kick off at 6 p.m. Sunday games will start at 3 p.m.

The IFL announced yesterday that a fourth new team, from Frisco, Texas, has joined the league. The team, which is yet to be named, gives the IFL 13 teams for the 2020 season.

“Our fans can expect a lot of excitement every game with theme nights and door giveaways and activities that will be announced in the near future,” said Team President Jay Gonzales. “We want our fans to know that when they come to a Sugar Skulls game, they are coming to an event that offers fun and excitement beyond the great product we’re putting on the field.”

In addition to the season opener at the Cedar Rapids River Kings, the Sugar Skulls will travel to play the Rattlers and Strike Force twice and will play return games at Duke City and Spokane.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Single game tickets will go on sale after the first of the year.

Here is the Tucson Sugar Skulls 2020 schedule.

Week 3

Thursday March 19

Tucson at Cedar Rapids - 5:05 PM

Week 4

Sunday, March 29

Duke City at Tucson - 3:05 PM 

Week 5

Sunday, April 5

Tucson at Arizona - 3:05 PM 

Week 6

Saturday, April 11

San Diego at Tucson - 6:05 PM 

Week 7

Saturday, April 18

Tucson at Spokane - 7:05 PM 

Week 8

Sunday, April 26

Tucson at San Diego - 3:05 PM 

Week 9

Saturday, May 2

Green Bay at Tucson - 6:05 PM 

Week 10

Saturday, May 9

Arizona at Tucson - 6:05 PM 

Week 11

Saturday, May 16

Tucson at Arizona - 6:05 PM 

Week 12

Sunday, May 24

Spokane at Tucson - 3:05 PM 

Week 13

Saturday, May 30

Tucson at Duke City  - 5:05 PM 

Week 15

Saturday, June 13

Bismarck at Tucson - 6:05 PM 

Week 16

Sunday, June 21

Tucson at San Diego - 3:05 PM 

Week 17

Saturday, June 27

Oakland at Tucson - 6:05 PM 


The Indoor Football League (IFL) will begin its twelfth season of play in the spring of 2020. The IFL was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. Its teams are located from Spokane, WA to Green Bay, WI. For more information about all things IFL, please log on to or call the league office at (804) 643-7277.


Four new members join the IFL for the 2020 season. Two established teams are joined by two two new expansion members. The Spokane Shock return to the IFL and are joined by the accomplished Duke City Gladiators. The Oakland Panthers and the yet unnamed team in Frisco, TX are the newest expansion members. Together along with nine incumbents: Arizona Rattlers, Bismarck Bucks, Cedar Rapids River Kings, Green Bay Blizzard, Iowa Barnstormers, Quad City Steamwheelers, San Diego Strike Force, Sioux Falls Storm and Tucson Sugar Skulls, 13 teams will battle for the 2020 United Bowl crown.

Each IFL team will play a 14 game schedule over seventeen 17 weeks. The teams will have three bye weeks, which will occur sporadically over the course of the season. All 13 teams will belong in the same division in 2020 with the top eight teams qualifying for the postseason. The first round of the playoffs will be held the weekend of July 4 as the #1 seed will host the #8 seed, #2 seed hosts the #7 seed, #3 hosts the #6 seed and the #4 seed hosts the #5. The highest remaining seeds will host the second round of the playoffs which be held the weekend of July 11. The United Bowl championship game will be hosted by the advancing team with the highest seed and will be played during the weekend of July 25.

The IFL’s 12th season officially kicks off on Saturday, March 7 as the San Diego Strike Force face off against the Bismarck Bucks. Week 1 continues on Sunday, March 8 as the Quad City Steamwheelers travel to face the Cedar Rapids River Kings.

Other highlights of the 2020 IFL schedule: 

Frisco will host their first-ever IFL game on Thursday, March 12 as the team battles fellow new IFL member, the Duke City Gladiators. The Oakland Panthers also host their first-ever home game on March 13 as they face off against the Iowa Barnstormers.

The Spokane Shock return to the IFL this season and will host their first game of 2020 on Thurday, March 26 as the team will take on the San Diego Strike Force. Week 6 features a matchup of the 2017 and 2018 IFL champions as the Iowa Barnstormers host the Arizona Rattlers. A rematch of the 2019 United Bowl championship will occur in Week 8 as the defending champion Sioux Falls Storm will travel to face the Arizona Rattlers.

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Sean Whitmire

Director of Communications

Indoor Football League