08/22/2013 11:39 AM
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Sifted through the pieces of the recently released 2013-14 San Antonio Rampage schedule and uncovered these fun nuggets:
- The 30 weekend home dates at the AT&T Center continues the recent trend of promoting both a fan and family friendly schedule, and while it is two short of last year’s 32 weekend dates, the 12 Friday home games (and ever popular $1 Drink Nights) this season exceeds last year’s total of 10.
- The Rampage will play on just four Sundays during the upcoming NFL season.
- Also continuing a recent trend, six of the first nine games will be inside the friendly confines, but the competition will be stiff. Seven of those first nine tilts are against Texas and Oklahoma City who both advanced to the Calder Cup Playoffs last season, and a re-tooled Chicago Wolves roster under former championship bench boss John Anderson.
- Speaking of Chicago, the Rampage will open at home against the boys from Rosemount for the third time in the last four seasons. The Silver & Black have won both of their previous home openers in 2010 and 2011 against the Wolves.
- Speaking of Oklahoma City, the Rampage and division rival Barons will meet five times in the first 17 games of the year. Thankfully the Barons will not be accompanied this year by Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
- After nine November home dates last season, the Rampage will skate on AT&T Center ice just six times in November this year, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be lounging around otherwise. November and March are the busiest months with a season-high 13 games apiece.
- January will be a perfect time to pitch a tent on AT&T Center Parkway. The Rampage will play 10 times at home in the first month of 2014, including a season-long eight game home-stand from Jan. 7-26. It’s the longest home-stand since an 11-game run in San Antonio back in the 2007-08 campaign.
- And after the Jan. 31 game and fourth annual “Pink in the Rink” night against Toronto, you can put away that tent on AT&T Center Parkway until March. For the first time in franchise history, the Rampage will not play a single home game in the month of February. The team’s annual Rodeo Road Trip will span 10 games over 22 days and see the club log more than 5,000 miles.
- Wednesday, December 4 will mark the return of the former Houston Aeros to the AT&T Center as the Iowa Wild pay their first visit to San Antonio. The Wild return to the Alamo City for a two-game weekend set on Jan. 24-25, and you can bet there will be a large contingent of green, red, and gray jerseys making the drive west across Interstate 10 to see their former team in action.
- The two biggest consequences of losing the Aeros to Des Moines? Nearly 60 nights on the road this season for the Rampage which isn’t great, but also just three of those dreaded three-in-three sets which is a huge benefit to the team from a fatigue factor. That’s down from eight last season and 10 in 2010-11.
- There are two grueling portions of the season that the Rampage will have to find a way to battle through. The first is from Nov. 9 through the final game before the holiday break on Dec. 21 when the Silver & Black will play 12 of 20 on the road, including a 3,000 mile cross-country jaunt from Abbotsford to Charlotte. The second is a wicked six games in 10-night stretch from March 7-16, which features three home games, but also includes single trips to Oklahoma City, Milwaukee, and Iowa.
- And finally, like last season, the Rampage have a great opportunity to finish strong and cement a playoff spot. Last year the Rampage played seven of their final 10 games at home and their three road dates were all in Houston. This year the Rampage play nine out of their last 10 at home with their only road game a 90-minute trip up to Cedar Park. That’s a stretch where the team can hopefully do some damage and pick up valuable points.
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