NAL Announces Championship Week Events

Championship Weekend to Kickoff in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The National Arena League is in Jacksonville this week in preparation for the 2023 National Arena League Championship game. Today we are honored to announce one of its most prized week & weekend’s of the year, the final week of the season. A week filled with exciting news, prestigious honors, awards, and events all leading up to the annual National Arena League Championship game. This year the #1 Jacksonville Sharks (11-3) will host the #2 Carolina Cobras (11-4) at the Vystar Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL with kickoff set for 7pm. This is the second time these two teams meet in a NAL Championship game, in 2019 the Sharks battled the Cobras for the NAL title with Jacksonville winning  at home in a thrilling 52-48 game.

In what has already turned into a momentous week, with the announcement of a team joining the National Arena League in 2024 the NAL expands to the midwest with a team in Iowa, the Sioux City Bandits. The league is delighted to inform fans that we are just getting started as more news is expected to be released today along with many great days ahead for players, coaches, and fans to look forward to. See below for the full list of events for this week and championship weekend hosted in Jacksonville, FL.

Wednesday, August 9
Special League Announcement (1pm) visit

All-NAL Defense and Kicker Honors (5pm) visit

Thursday, August 10
All-NAL Offense and Kick Returner Honors (5pm) visit

Friday, August 11
Championship Media Day (12pm)
Hosted at Vystar Memorial Arena
Note: Coaches, Players, Staff and Media Only  

NAL Award Banquet (6pm)
Hosted at South Bank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk
Note: Invite Only
Business / Banquet Attire Required

Saturday, August 12
2023 NAL Championship Game (7pm)
Hosted at Vystar Memorial Arena

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The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at . For more information about the NAL visit,,,