Horsemen realigned into division with Evansville, Ft. Wayne, St. Louis

12/9/03 Horsemen Press Release

Lexington, KY- The National Indoor Football League has released its 2004 schedule and division alignments, and the Lexington Horsemen will kick off their season on the road on March 21, facing one of their new division rivals, the St. Louis Show Me Believers. Lexington's first home game will take place on March 27 against the Fort Wayne Freedom in Rupp Arena.

The NIFL will expand to 26 teams for 2004, and three of the six expansion franchises, the Atlantic City CardSharks, the Staten Island Xtreme, and the Greenville (SC) RiverHawks, will face Lexington this season. The Horsemen will play the defending NIFL champion Ohio Valley Greyhounds once in the 2004 regular season, on May 15 in Wheeling, WV.

To coincide with its expansion to 26 teams, the NIFL has also realigned its divisions for 2004, expanding to three divisions in each of its two conferences. Lexington joins the newly created Atlantic North division, along with the Evansville Blue Cats, Fort Wayne Freedom, and St. Louis Show Me Believers.

In other news, the Horsemen will be holding an open tryout in Heritage Hall (located in the Lexington Center, next to Rupp Arena) on Saturday, December 13. All offensive and defensive hopefuls are invited to attend. A separate tryout for kickers will be held on a to-be-announced date in January. Interested players must be at least 19 years old and should contact the Horsemen office at 859-422-7277 for more information.

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2004 season, which begins in March; for ticket information, call the Rupp Arena box office at 859-233-3535 or log on to

The Horsemen finished their inaugural season with a 9-6 record and a trip to the playoffs, where they were defeated in the first round by eventual 2003 NIFL Champion Ohio Valley. For more information about the team, please call 859-422-PASS or visit



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