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TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls are pleased to announce that Dixie Wooten, a two-time Indoor Football League Coach of the Year and winner of the 2018 IFL championship, has been hired as head coach and general manager of the team for the 2020 season.

“Dixie is a proven championship coach and we are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to bring him to Tucson,” said Sugar Skulls Owner Cathy Guy.

Wooten had a 36-8 regular-season record in three seasons as head coach of the Iowa Barnstormers. His teams reached the playoffs all three years, winning the 2018 United Bowl championship. It was the first league championship in Barnstormers franchise history. Wooten was named IFL Coach of the Year in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The Barnstormers finished the 2019 regular season in second place in the IFL with a 12-2 record but were defeated by the eventual league champion Sioux Falls Storm in the semifinals of the IFL playoffs. Iowa defeated the Sugar Skulls, 61-58, on a last-minute touchdown in the teams’ only meeting last season at the Tucson Arena. The Barnstormers had the league’s MVP, quarterback Daquan Neal, and put three players on the IFL first team and three on the second team.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to be the new head coach and general manager of the Tucson Sugar Skulls,” Wooten said. “After only one year, this is one of the premier organizations in the IFL with what we have in place in ownership, the front office and the football operation. We will compete for a championship this year.”

The Sugar Skulls finished the 2019 regular season with a 7-7 record and were the first expansion franchise to make the playoffs in IFL history. Tucson clinched the playoff berth with a thrilling 55-50 victory over the Quad City Steamwheelers in the last game of the regular season at Tucson Arena. The Sugar Skulls lost to Sioux Falls, 50-47, in the first round of the playoffs.

“While we were all ecstatic to make the playoffs in our first year, our goal every year is to win a championship,” Guy said. “Dixie’s experience as a head coach and his history as a winner give us a chance to compete for a championship right now. We’re excited to get started on the 2020 season.”

The process of developing the 2020 roster will begin immediately. An open tryout will be scheduled in late October or early November.

“The players that will be part of this team will understand it’s all about our community and working together as a team to achieve one goal – winning a championship,” Wooten said. “The work begins today.”

Wooten replaces Marcus Coleman who was the head coach for the Sugar Skulls’ inaugural season.

The 2020 IFL schedule is expected to be released in early October. The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena beginning in March with the regular season running through June. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dixie Wooten Bio

  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Education: Sterling High School, Houston, Texas Cisco Junior College, Cisco, Texas University of Phoenix, Bachelor of Arts, Business Communication
  • Playing Career: Professional Indoor Football, 2004-2011
  • Coaching Career: 2005-present • High School, 6 years: Quality Control Coach, Quarterbacks Coach, Offensive Coordinator • Indoor Football, 8 years, including three years as head coach of the Iowa Barnstormers • IFL Coach of the Year, 2017 and 2018
  • Family: Wife, Lakisha Wooten, daughters, Tiara Collier, 24, Tania Collier, 18, son, Dixie Wooten III, 21.

Co-owned by former NFL star Marshawn Lynch, Panthers will commence IFL play in 2020.

OAKLAND, CA -- The Oakland Panthers, a new Indoor Football League Franchise, will join the Indoor Football League (IFL) and play seven home games at the Oakland Arena in the Spring of 2020. The team is founded by Professional Football legend and Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch, along with Roy Choi, an entertainment and gaming entrepreneur.

Team co-owner Marshawn Lynch said, “I believe the power of football has the ability to transform a community and the families who live there. I’ve seen it and lived it. I’m excited that Da’ Town will get another team to call its own. I attended some Indoor Football games last year and had a good ass time. The games have lots of fluidity and tickets are priced so that the entire family can check it out.”

Lynch added, “I was blessed with my time and journey making it to the league but there are more ways of getting there than the route I took, so its hella important to me, to keep finding opportunities for players to pursue their dreams of getting to that next level and I know the Panthers and this league can help with that.”

Naming the team as the Oakland Panthers is no accident. The Oakland community has a long history with the name. It references the Bay Area indigenous cougar and the recent blockbuster superhero film (directed by Oakland native Ryan Coogler). It also pays tribute to Oakland’s history of activism with the groundbreaking social action of the Black Panther movement of the ‘60s.

Co-founder Roy Choi, already the owner of two IFL franchises, adds, “Oakland and the Bay Area embody activism, work ethic, passion, and loyalty. Those qualities are represented by the Panther name and by my co-founder Marshawn Lynch. While I am obviously impressed by his on-field performance, it is his community work that is the most inspiring. There is no one better than Marshawn to lead such a community-oriented sports franchise like the Oakland Panthers. Additionally, we’re also exploring ways the community can also have ownership in our team.”

The Oakland Panthers franchise will support its athletes in a unique manner. Given the challenges of Bay Area housing prices, the Panthers will not only provide salaries for players, but the team will also provide lodging and meals during the season. Lodging and practice facilities will be located in the East Bay.

The Panthers have also named longtime sports executive Scott McKibben as its President. McKibben has helmed numerous sports projects and facilities, including the Rose Bowl, the Coliseum Authority, and the assembly of the A-11 Football league.

McKibben added, “Indoor football in the Spring will give local families a great entertainment option. We are dedicated to creating a world-class experience with music, lighting, fan/player interactions, and being financially accessible to every possible fan and family. We’re also thrilled by the early excitement and enthusiasm of Bay Area businesses who want to support us.”

The Panthers will play 7 home games at the Oakland Arena each year along with one or two rounds of playoff action should the team qualify.

The Panthers have announced a 10-man coaching staff led by Bay Area football icon Kurt Bryan as the Head Football Coach. Bryan enters his 28th year of coaching football, after having served as a high school and collegiate football coach in the San Francisco bay area and northern California for nearly three decades. He has been recognized as an innovator by his peers at every level of the game as Co-creator of the A-11 Offense in 2007. Bryan has helped to advance the game into its future with improving player-safety by design and significantly expanding the game’s options using fully interchangeable offensive players.

Bryan added, “My goal is to develop Oakland’s new indoor professional football team into an exciting, premier destination franchise for football fans to eagerly support and one that talented players will aspire to join. I believe every player in the league will look to the Panthers as a model franchise where they can grow their talent and perform at their highest level for passionate fans.”

Founded in 2008, the IFL is the longest continuously operating professional indoor football league in the country, now with 12 teams in the league. More information on ticket sales, sponsorships, player transactions, fan experiences, tryouts, and community engagement opportunities will be available in the months ahead at www.Oakland-Panthers.com.

More information on the Indoor Football League can be found at www.GoIFL.com.


The Indoor Football League (IFL) will begin its twelfth season of play in the spring of 2020. The IFL was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. Its teams are located from San Diego, CA to Green Bay, WI. For more information about all things IFL, please log on to www.goifl.com or call the league office at (804) 643-7277.

Gladiators will commence IFL play in 2020

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the addition and partnership of the league’s newest team, the Duke City Gladiators.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of the Duke City Gladiators to the IFL,” stated IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. “The Gladiators bring a strong winning tradition to the IFL while solidifying our geographic footprint. We look forward to the intense southwestern rivalries the Gladiators will bring to the IFL and to a long and productive partnership with the team and city.”

The 2018 and 2019 CIF champions will compete as new members in the IFL’s 2020 season. The team will compete in the Tingley Coliseum.
Additional news and expansion team announcements will be revealed in the coming weeks.
ABOUT DUKE CITY The Duke City Gladiators are an indoor football team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Beginning play in 2015, the Gladiators were the back-to-back champions of the Champions Indoor Football league (2018-2019), before joining the IFL. The Gladiators enter their sixth season of play in 2020. The team plays its home games at the Tingley Coliseum.

ABOUT THE IFL: The Indoor Football League (IFL) will begin its twelfth season of play in the spring of 2020. The IFL was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. Its teams are located from San Diego CA to Green Bay, Wisconsin. For more information about all things IFL, please log on to www.goifl.com or call the league office at (804) 643-7277

Season tickets are now on sale for the general public with reduced prices from the Sugar Skulls’ inaugural season.

The new ticket prices for 2020 keep the prices that were reduced for the last two regular season home games.

Corner seats were reduced from $98 for a season ticket to $70. Upper end zone seats are now $84, reduced from $140. Lower end zone seats are now $154, reduced from $280. Sideline corner seats –in the end sections on the sidelines, sections 101, 125, 201 and 225 – are reduced to $84 for upper seats and $154 for lower seats. Those were $175 and $315, respectively, last season. First- and second-row seats are reduced from $693 to $658.

Season tickets can also be purchased on a no-interest payment plan with a 25% payment upon ordering, and then 25% payments by the end of September, November and January.

The renewal deadline for last year’s season ticket holders has passed and all seats not renewed are back in inventory for the 2020 season.

To purchase tickets, fill-in the 2020 Sugar Skulls Season Ticket Order Form and return by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Sugar Skulls office at (520) 573-3000 and provide all the information from the form.

The Sugar Skulls 2020 season will begin in March.

Seating Section

2019 Season Ticket Prices

2020 Season Ticket Prices*

Corners 208-211, 215-218



Upper End Zone 212-214



Lower End Zone 107, 112-114, 119



Upper Sideline Corner 201 & 225



Lower Sideline Corner 101 & 125



Upper Sidelines 202-207, 219-224



Lower Sidelines 102-106, 120-124



All Sidelines 1st & 2nd Row



*Season ticket prices do not include a per ticket Tucson Convention Center Facility Fee

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