| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Power facing potential scheduling conflict with ArenaBowl

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:51 p.m.

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.

Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Former Pirates pitcher Happ agrees to $36 million, 3-year deal with Blue Jays
  2. Clairton among greatest WPIAL dynasties; Aliquippa, South Fayette close
  3. Gilbert, son of ex-Pitt football standout, commits to Panthers
  4. Holiday cards evoke Pittsburgh cheer, benefit charities
  5. Take deal breakers off your list of deal breakers
  6. WPIAL history full of football dynasties
  7. WPIAL Class AAAA final preview: Penn-Trafford looking to reverse trend of playoff losses to Central Catholic
  8. Gorman: Dynasties began with devastating defeats
  9. WPIAL Class AA final preview: Rivals South Fayette, Aliquippa to play for title for record 3rd straight season
  10. Democrats unfazed by Paris
  11. WPIAL Class AAA final preview: Big-play passing attack paying off for defending WPIAL champion Central Valley