It’s Military Appreciation Night Saturday evening in the Rio Rancho Events Center, where the Duke City Gladiators will tackle the San Diego Strike Force in an Indoor Football League contest.

Presented by Kirtland Federal Credit Union, in honor all the service men and women, the team is offering one free ticket at Will Call with a military ID.

The Gladiators (4-5) are coming off an impressive 47-21 victory over the Las Vegas Knight Hawks (4-6) on May 21 in Henderson, Nev.

Duke City scored the game’s first 30 points, never had a lead of fewer than 23 points, and got a great night from Gregory Dent Jr., who scored twice on touchdown passes from quarterback Ramone Atkins and once on a pick-6.

Atkins tossed five TD passes in the game.

The Gladiators are now poised to win their third game in a row: The Strike Force come into Rio Rancho with just two victories and seven losses thus far. The teams meet in San Diego on July 9.

Saturday’s tailgating starts at 3, Events Center doors open at 5, and kickoff is at 6.

Tickets are available at

  • The Indoor Football League recently announced a three-year partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights and Dollar Loan Center to host the IFL National Championship game in Henderson for the 2022, ’23 and ’24 seasons. This season’s event will take place Aug. 13 at The Dollar Loan Center, the new 5,567-seat arena just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip that is home to the IFL’s Vegas Knight Hawks.