Power facing potential scheduling conflict with ArenaBowl
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The Power could face a scheduling conflict at Consol Energy Center if they reach ArenaBowl XXVII on Aug. 23.
The Power (15-3), who open the playoffs Sunday in Orlando, Fla. would be the host team if they win the American Conference championship and the Spokane Shock, a wild-card team at 11-7, advance through the National Conference.
The problem is the P&G Gymnastics Championships are scheduled for Consol on Aug. 21-24, with afternoon and evening sessions each day.
Power co-owner Matt Shaner said he has been contact with officials from the Penguins, Arena Football and ESPN, who will televise the game on its No. 1 network. He would not be in favor of switching the venue to Spokane.
“We certainly would not defer the bowl game to the other city if we are privileged enough to make it to ArenaBowl as the higher seed,” Shaner said.
AFL spokesman B.J. Pickard said the league doesn't anticipate conflicts.
“But if we happened to run into one, the team would need to use a backup venue within their region,” he said.
Shaner said he will consider alternative sites if they are local, including playing outdoors. But he has not contacted the Steelers or Pirates about Heinz Field or PNC Park. Neither team has home games scheduled that day.
“The AFL would have to approve an outdoor game,” he said. “I believe my fellow owners would approve this if I requested it.”
Consol general manager Tim Hassett said the gymnastics show has been on his schedule for at least the past year and a half. He said Consol is available Aug. 25-26, if the AFL decides to postpone the game.
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