The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) had the opening pull of their sixth season this weekend with two games on the schedule.
Indianapolis AlleyCats 24, Detroit Mechanix 12
The AlleyCats (1-0) are coming off an 8-6 record from last season and got off to a good start with a convincing win over the Mechanix (0-1). Detroit is hoping to improve of last seasons’ 4-10 record.
Raleigh Flyers 27, Tampa Bay Cannons 22
The Cannons (0-1) challenged the Flyers (1-0) for the first three quarters before the home team Flyers pulled away at the end to win 27-22 in their opening night matchup. The Flyers have won five straight against their divisional rivals dating back to 2016. Jacob Fairfax had eight goals in the game for the Flyers which was the second highest single-game total of his career.
The league begins the 2018 season with 23 teams divided into four geographic regions (East, Midwest, South and West). The league lost the Charlotte Express and Cincinnati Revolution, the Jacksonville Cannons initially moved to Orlando and then landed in Tampa. The Vancouver Riptide moved to Portland and will play in 2019. The Nashville Nightwatch are under new ownership.
According to the AUDL website’s “Tuesday Toss”, here are the top five places to watch an AUDL game:
Long considered a great ultimate town, the Sol have quickly built up a loyal following of fans, making their home atmosphere among the best in the league. Plus, the Sol’d Out crew has officially become the greatest unofficial media outlet in AUDL history.
The Breeze have a new home in 2018, moving about four miles north from Gallaudet University to Catholic University. It’s reasonable to expect the fans to follow, considering that DC has steadily supported its team over the past couple seasons, in which the team has gone 20-8. Pregame concerts and lucrative halftime promotions have become commonplace for the Breeze, who count DC Mayor Muriel Bowser as a fan.
Three words: Ace the Aviator. Without question, LA has the league’s best mascot. Ace is the perfect mix of entertainment and engagement, without overshadowing the game. Aviators ownership deserves a lot of credit for building a brand in a town that is overflowing with activity.
Speaking of building a brand, no team in the league has done so like the Radicals. Often, they are featured on local news alongside the Wisconsin Badgers or Green Bay Packers. As a result, Radicals players now get recognized more and more frequently around town. With a great home stadium, excellent concessions, passionate fans, and a fun and convenient postgame hangout destination, it makes all the sense in the world for Championship Weekend to return to Madison for the second time in three years.
Last year’s Final Four destination is certainly worthy of hosting another Championship Weekend down the road. Since the team’s inception in 2014, the Royal have delivered an exemplary gameday product, attracting fans and building a grand ultimate atmosphere. Their loyal followers are devoted to the home team, but appreciate of brilliant ultimate from either side. And their fans’ love can be attracted via great marketing, like when the Toronto Rush took the field wearing old-school Expos t-shirts last August.
This weekend’s games:
- Saturday, April 7
- Minnesota at Seattle
- San Diego at Los Angeles
- Detroit at Pittsburgh
- Montreal at DC
- San Jose at San Francisco
- Atlanta at Tampa Bay
- Dallas at Raleigh
- Madison at Indianapolis
- Sunday, April 8
- Montreal at Philadelphia