ArenaBowl XXVIII will be held on August 29 at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California. The San Jose SaberCats will be taking on the Jacksonville Sharks in this big game. The SaberCats are hoping to win their first ArenaBowl since 2007 and their fourth overall. The Sharks won their first bowl in 2011 and are looking for a second.
The San Jose SaberCats clinched the home field advantage in this game as the team had a 17-1 record in the regular season. However, the team will be playing the game about 80 miles northeast in Stockton as the SAP Center, the normal arena for the SaberCats, will be hosting a circus for a few days during the same time period.
The SaberCats had a strong run throughout the season with the team’s only loss being an upset loss to the Los Angeles Kiss midway through the season. The Cats have been on a good run although they only beat the Arizona Rattlers 70-67 in the conference finals. This game was also held in Stockton.
The Jacksonville Sharks have a 10-8 record and recently defeated the Philadelphia Soul 61-56 in their conference championship. The Sharks struggled at the beginning of the season by losing the first four games of the year. The Sharks actually took on the SaberCats in the fourth week of the season and lost home 68-48. The Sharks have since caught up and are more competitive at this point with a strong defense that limited the Tampa Bay Storm to 16 points and the Orlando Predators to 33 points, two rather low totals in the CFL.
This game is expected to be one that San Jose will be favored to win. In fact, the SaberCats have a -5 line to start the game off. While the SaberCats have been more dominant, the fact that the team is going to play this game rather far off from the team’s normal home could be a factor that might impact how the game will go.