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Raiders championship run begins!
Raiders championship run begins!

LAKELAND, FL -- The Lakeland Raiders are counting down the days until the opening game against the Rome Rampage.  The organization has been receiving a great feedback from the community and from all the surrounding areas.

"The support makes me feel at home and really shows how championship football is in the blood of Polk County and the surrounding cities" quoted Head Coach Michael Mink.

The staff has been working very hard to make this season a memorable one and now it is getting time for the players to get to work and make this the greatest show Polk County, Central Florida and Lakeland has ever seen.

The Raiders have been receiving a high interest of players wanting the chance to become a Lakeland Raider. We are announcing the Raiders will hold one last final tryout and chance to make the training camp roster. Saturday, Feb. 4, registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the tryout will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The cost for pre-registration is $35 and $50 for same day.  The location for the tryout will be at Tigertown Soccer Field- 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland Fl 33805. Players are advised to bring cleats and proper clothes for a variety of different drills and plenty of liquids for hydration. 

The players can pre-register at www.lakelandraiders.com and click on player tryouts.

The Raiders will also be holding a mini-camp shortly after the tryout for the players who have made the current roster and for those who are of interest to the team. The Raiders will be announcing the 40 man camp roster during Fan Fest on Feb. 11 at Jenkins Arena. The event is free to the public with a variety of festivities, games, discounted food, vendors, autograph sessions and much more.  

The following week, the Raiders begin their championship mission! Feb. 18 is opening day for training camp where the players will battle it out to make the final 23 man roster in which only 18 players will dress and play each game.

Lakeland Raiders General Manager commented on the teams progression.

"We have been working day and night to make this team into a high caliber organization and now the players will be put to the test to see who has been preparing for the season. We will put the best team on the field that gives us the best chance to win and represent this great city, county and Central Florida."

The Raiders season and individual game tickets are currently on sale through the box office or by contacting the team at 1-855-RAIDER1. The fan shop is also available for fans to purchase their Raider Battalion gear. The Raiders appreciate all the support and all of the great people who are making it possible to be playing.

For more information about the Lakeland Raiders visit the team website at www.lakelandraiders.com or call 863-834-7511. The Raiders will be playing home games at The Lakeland Center. The Lakeland Center offers a full variety of sporting events, concerts and shows. The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm and can be reached at 863-834-8111.

The Lakeland Raiders were founded by Michael Mink and co-owned by Michael Mink and Robert Tannenbaum. The Lakeland Raiders are a Professional Indoor/Arena Football Team in the United Indoor Football League(www.uiflfootball.com). The Lakeland Raiders organization is a community based team that supports affordable family fun and entertainment. The original Marine Raiders were a honored group of warriors and sons from America. The lost Marine Raider Battalions completed their mission in real war and were the pride of World War II. One Team. One Mission. The Invasion begins in 2012!

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