Glendale Raptors Announce 2019 MLR Schedule

In January, the Glendale Raptors embark on their second season of Major League Rugby.

After a decade establishing their place as a national leader in the quickly growing sport, the Glendale Raptors became a founding member of Major League Rugby (MLR) in 2018. The Raptors finished the 2018 regular season with only one loss and were the runners up for MLR Championship.

The team looks to build on last season’s success as they usher in the 2019 season on the weekend of January 26. The Raptors will have the chance to avenge their loss to Seattle in last season’s championship game as they meet Seawolves in 2019’s first regular season game.

During their quest for the Championship Shield, the Raptors will face a growing field of competition. Next year, two new teams — Rugby United New York and the Toronto Arrows — will join the original seven (Austin Elite RugbyHouston SabercatsNew Orleans GoldSan Diego LegionSeattle SeawolvesUtah Warriors, and the Glendale Raptors). With the additions of Toronto and New York, the regular season will expand to 19 weeks, running from January 26 through June 2, with the MLR playoffs and the Championship immediately following.

The Raptors will host eight games at Infinity Park in Glendale and will travel to eight away matches. CBS Sports Network will broadcast a highlighted Game of the Week each week. Fans can also watch matches on ESPN+.

The complete Glendale Raptors 2019 MLR schedule is as follows:
Official match times are subject to change. (Home matches are indicated in bold.)

Sunday January 27, 2019
Glendale Raptors at Seattle Seawolves
Starfire Sports Complex, Seattle, WA

Saturday February 2, 2019
Glendale Raptors at NOLA Gold
Archbishop Shaw Stadium, New Orleans, LA

Sunday February 17, 2019
Glendale Raptors at Austin Elite
Dell Diamond, Austin, TX

Saturday February 23, 2019
Glendale Raptors at Utah Warriors
Zions Bank Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT

Saturday March 2, 2019
Glendale Raptors vs. Toronto Arrows
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO

Saturday March 9, 2019
Glendale Raptors vs Austin Elite Rugby
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO

Saturday March 16, 2019
Glendale Raptors vs San Diego Legion
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO

Sunday March 24, 2019
Glendale Raptors at Rugby United New York
MCU Park, New York, NY

Saturday March 30, 2019
Glendale Raptors vs NOLA Gold
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO

Saturday April 6, 2019
Glendale Raptors vs Houston Sabercats
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO

Sunday April 21, 2019
Glendale Raptors at San Diego Legion
Torero Stadium, San Diego, CA

Friday April 26, 2019
Glendale Raptors vs Rugby United New York
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO

Saturday May 4, 2019
Glendale Raptors vs Utah Warriors
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO

Saturday May 11, 2019
Glendale Raptors at Houston Sabercats
AVEVA Stadium, Houston, TX

Saturday May 18, 2019
Glendale Raptors vs Seattle Seawolves
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO

Sunday May 26, 2019
Glendale Raptors at Toronto Arrows
York University, Toronto, ON

Season tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 13, at 8 a.m. exclusively for Raptors First Team Members (supporters club). First Team Members enjoy an exclusive pre-sale of discounted season tickets, an invitation to a premier season kick-off event with the team, and Glendale Raptors First Team items.

Season tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, November 23. Individual game day tickets will be available to the public December 15.

As the embodiment of rugby’s character-driven model of sport and athleticism, teamwork and diversity, participation and community, the Glendale Raptors look forward to expanding their presence in 2019 through their efforts towards advancement of youth rugby in the United States, outreach to youth organizations in the Denver metro-area, and continued excellence on the rugby pitch.

About Glendale Raptors Rugby 
The Glendale Raptors Rugby Football Club was established in 2007, accompanied by the creation of Infinity Park. The first rugby-specific stadium built in the U.S., Glendale’s Infinity Park is both a milestone in the development of rugby in this country and a major investment in the future of the city and the sport. Since the team’s creation, the Raptors have become standard-bearers for U.S. rugby, creating a template both on and off the field for what a successful rugby team looks like. In the decade-plus since the club’s inception, the Raptors have hoisted multiple championship banners in Infinity Park.

About MLR
MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of the American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes.