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The Arenas of the Arena Football League: AFL East Division

Updated at Apr 1, 2024

The Arena Football League is back and the East Division is filled with four teams playing in iconic and exciting venues. Here is where each of the East Division teams is playing.

We know which teams will be playing in the new Arena Football League, and we know when they'll be playing (it's just around the corner). But what about where they'll be playing? Each franchise has a different venue to call home, and each one has its own personality and history. Let's start our series with the East division teams and where they'll be playing in 2024.

Minnesota Myth

Target Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minnesota Myth will play in one of the league’s nicest venues, the Target Center. It’s home to the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. It has hosted all-star games from both of those leagues, the NBA draft, and neutral-site NHL games as well. The Target Center has also hosted indoor football in the past, so it should be a good venue for the expansion Myth to call home. When the team concludes its season, the center will host Olympic trials for gymnastics at the end of June.

Finally, the Target Center features one of the largest “living roofs” in the country, with about 2.5 acres of grass growing on the top of the facility. Clearly, the Myth will take on their opponents in style when their home schedule kicks off next month.

Minnesota Myth Home Schedule

May 5 vs Philadelphia Soul

May 11 vs Albany Firebirds

May 18 vs Wichita Regulators

May 30 vs Washington Wolfpack

June 6 vs Nashville Kats

Nashville Kats

Nashville Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, Tennessee

F&M Bank Arena - Clarksville, Tennessee

The Nashville Kats and their rockabilly cat logo will feel right at home at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. The city of Nashville has a storied legacy with the music business, and that legacy is apparent in the building's history. It hosted the very first CMA awards back in 1967 and the CMT Music Awards as recently as 2022. The auditorium is also the permanent home of the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum.

Nashville Municipal Auditorium has also been the recording site of material found on several live albums, including those released by David Bowie, the Grateful Dead, and Ted Nugent. And since they've hosted plenty of sporting events, the Kats and their fans will have no problem getting settled in and feeling comfortable in a building where the likes of Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones once played.

The Nashville Kats will also play one home game in a different venue: The May 18 game against the Georgia Force will be held at F&M Bank Arena in Clarksville. It's less than a year old, holds between 5-6,000 fans, and is operated by a management company owned by the NHL's Nashville Predators. This arrangement gives Kats fans two venues to visit this season.

Nashville Kats Home Schedule

April 27 vs Minnesota Myth

May 12 vs Philadelphia Soul

May 18 vs Georgia Force (F&M Bank Arena)

June 2 vs Albany Firebirds

June 16 vs Oregon Blackbears

June 29 vs Southwest Kansas Storm

Albany Firebirds

MVP Arena - Albany, New York

The Albany Firebirds are playing their upcoming season at MVP Arena. While that's a great sentence to write in 2024, it could have been written as far back as 1990. It was known as Knickerbocker Arena back then, and it was a different iteration of the Firebirds, but it's a great example of the history that the Arena Football League has with this team and this area.

The AFL has had a number of different teams in Albany throughout the years, including some bearing the name Firebirds. The venue has even hosted two Arena Bowls, with the home team winning both times. In addition to its tenure with the Arena Football League, MVP Arena has hosted concerts (Frank Sinatra was the first performer) for men's college basketball, including several rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, minor league hockey, WWE events, and others. But for Arena Football League fans, they'll feel very comfortable returning to a venue that has supported an Albany Firebirds franchise across several decades.

Albany Firebirds Home Schedule

April 27 vs Orlando Predators

May 2 vs Nashville Kats

May 19 vs Philadelphia Soul

May 25 vs Minnesota Myth

June 15 vs Philadelphia Soul

Philadelphia Soul

CURE Arena - Trenton, New Jersey

The Philadelphia Soul are still finalizing their schedule, including home games. In Episode 10 of the AFL Podcast, Commissioner Lee Hutton explained that the league has taken over team operations and will look for new ownership. He explained that the Soul has a roster and coaching staff and described the intention to have three home games this season at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. The venue has hosted several professional indoor leagues in the past. It will be a good home for the storied AFL franchise. Their schedule will be released when finalized.

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