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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Football Team Grows in Brooklyn

Have been in  touch with the Cyclones. It looks like the Bolts will have 1 Wednesday game and 2 Friday games at MCU Park October 15th, October 24th and November 7th. Tickets are not on sale yet. Should be very shortly

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There was a time, many years ago, when Brooklyn played host to professional football. From 1930 to 1943, the Brooklyn Dodgers played in the NFL and called Ebbets Field their home.  In 1944, the team changed its name to the Brooklyn Tigers but merged with the Boston Yanks in 1945 because of financial difficulties.
Before that, the Brooklyn Tigers began playing in the NFL in 1926 but later changed their name to the Brooklyn Horsemen. The franchise left the NFL for the All-America Football Conference in 1946.

Fast forward 68 years and Brooklyn is back in the professional football business.

Last week, the FXFL (Fall Experimental Football League) — a new developmental league that hopes to one day become a partner with the NFL — announced that the Brooklyn Bolts will be one of four teams that will play in the league’s inaugural 2014 season. The Bolts will play at Coney Island’s MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Brooklyn Bolts logo (Credit: 5W Public Relations)
Brooklyn Bolts logo (Credit: 5W Public Relations)

“New York is an important market to us for several reasons,” said FXFL Founder and Commissioner Brian Woods. “Number one, for the media presence. And, obviously, the partnership with the Brooklyn Cyclones embodies our business model for this league.”

That model includes containing costs, smaller venues and taking advantage of partnering with a minor-league baseball team that already has an infrastructure in place.  The Cyclones will provide the Bolts with marketing support in an area that has developed a craving for professional sports.

The Brooklyn Bolts will play at MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. (Photo Credit Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
The Brooklyn Bolts will play at MCU Park. (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

In 2001, Brooklyn witnessed the return of professional baseball with the Cyclones.  Then, in 2012, the New Jersey Nets relocated to Brooklyn to play at Barclays Center.  In 2015, the Islanders will join the Nets on Atlantic Avenue after their 43rd and final season at Nassau Coliseum.

Come this October, Brooklyn sports fans will get a peek at some young football stars that hope to use the FXFL as their ticket back to the NFL.

“We’re a developmental league first and foremost,” said Woods. “That’s a priority for us.  We see ourselves as the unofficial developmental league for the National Football League.”

The fans will see a field at MCU Park that runs parallel to the first-base line and will be angled slightly towards right-center field. They will be able to start circling dates on their calendars later this week when the FXFL releases its schedule and announces its television partners.

For more information on the FXFL go to

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