And the Vermont Bucks can’t wait to step into the arena.
During a break from training camp Friday afternoon, head coach Ervin Bryson said the Bucks are eager to show the community and state a different brand of football.
“We are ready to start playing now,” Bryson said. “To be able to put the first professional football team here in the state of Vermont … I’m just so excited, I’m excited for the fans.
“Everywhere I’ve gone around town, people are talking about the idea of having professional football and in two weeks we are going to be playing football.”
The Bucks, part of the newly formed CAN-AM Indoor Football league, open their season March 17 at Gutterson Fieldhouse. They will play the Connecticut Chiefs at 7 p.m. Bucks owner Tim Viens, a 1995 South Burlington High School graduate, formed the franchise in the summer.
Vermont’s 21-man roster includes two Vermont natives — Pittsford’s Carl Ojala and Milton’s Jamie Holbrook, who wrapped a Division II career at Southern Connecticut State in the fall of 2015. Ojala, the team’s kicker, played for Castleton and North Carolina State.
“I came in, gave it a shot and here I am,” said Holbrook, who is student-teaching at Southern Connecticut as he finishes his undergraduate degree. “I think it’s a really cool thing that we actually have it now. I remember going to watch (the Lake Monsters) as a kid so having something else people can come experience will be pretty cool.”
The Bucks also have a batch of players with arena-football experience. Quarterback Steffon Colon, a New York City native, is among the team’s veterans.
The 8-on-8 league is played on an artificial turf field, 85 feet wide and 50 yards long.
“Expect us to be flying around,” Colon said. “It’s the best thing you are going to see moving fast.”
For ticket information and more details on the Bucks, visit vermontbucks.com.