Bloomington, IL. – The Bloomington Edge is in full preparations for their 2018 season as they kicked off training camp this week. The fans will get their first chance to meet the team this Saturday at 9:45am when the Edge opens their practice to the public. Practices take place at Game Time Gym in Bloomington.
Returning to the sideline after a one year hiatus will be new Edge head coach John Johnson. Coach Johnson had the Edge one play away from a championship game appearance two years ago, and was also an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers Superbowl championship team in 1996.
“I’m very excited to be back with the Edge,” Coach Johnson remarked. “At our first day of practice we picked right up where we left off. We were one of the best indoor football teams in the country my last season as the head coach here, and there is no reason to think we won’t be among the best again this year.”
A new head coach isn’t the only change for the Edge heading into the 2018 season. The team will step away from league affiliation and play an independent schedule.
According to General Manager Charles Welde an independent schedule will allow the Edge to develop regional rivalries, increase revenue, and better serve Bloomington-Normal.
“We are constantly looking at ways to improve our operation. By following Notre Dame Football’s business model of going independent we have a much higher level of control over our own success. We can eliminate costly road trips and overnight stays which will save us quite a bit of money. We can reinvest those savings right back into Bloomington-Normal by paying our local players more and boosting our already aggressive community service initiatives.”
The Edge is also looking to place a bigger emphasis on player development and player advancement. "Players choose to play indoor football to develop their skills and get noticed by CFL and NFL scouts,” added Welde. “By being independent, we have the ability to host scouts so they can be at our home games and pro workout days. This allows us to better serve our players and help them reach their goals.”
This will be the 13th consecutive year for professional indoor football in Bloomington, and the Edge’s 3rd year under the ownership of Dr. Omar Khokhar.
“We are really excited to start another season of football here in Central Illinois. I got involved with the team because I felt it was a real asset to Bloomington-Normal,” commented Dr. Khokhar. “We have really started to see our vision for this organization and the impact it can have on our community come to life this off-season. The support has been fantastic.”
The Bloomington Edge opens their season on Sunday February 25th at 5pm inside Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington Illinois. Season tickets, FLEX ticket packages, and single game tickets are all on sale now. For more information please contact the Edge at (484)-840-EDGE or visit them online at