The United Football League has announced the start of their 2011 campaign on Wednesday, with the Sacramento Mountain Lions taking on the two time defending champion Las Vegas Locos on September 17 at Hornet Stadium. There has been some wholesale changes in the UFL since last year, so make the jump to learn more about the Mountain Lions upcoming season.
The UFL has decided to push forward with only a four team schedule this season with the Omaha Nighthawks and Virginia Destroyers joining Las Vegas and Sacramento in the league. The fifth team in 2010, the Hartford Colonials, will be shut down with their players being put into a supplemental draft on August 15. UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue is excited for the changes and is looking forward to the upcoming season:
"We hope that football fans in Sacramento are excited to learn that their team is hosting the first game of the new season and look forward to a great atmosphere in [Hornet Stadium] when the games kick off next month. The September 15 start date will allow teams to retrieve players who are in NFL camps, but do not make final rosters. Our shorter season will allow players to pursue their dream of making an impact in the NFL by joining teams earlier in the process once the UFL season has concluded."
Training Camps begin on August 22 for all four teams.