Columbus Lions Prepare for Season Opener

by Lee Snow

Columbus, GA – The Columbus Lions are proud to announce the opening game of our upcoming professional arena football season in a new league, American Indoor Football Association on May 14, 2023. We are excited to showcase the talents of our players and the passion of our fans as we embark on a new era of professional football in Columbus, GA.

The team's new ownership group brings a wealth of experience, enthusiasm, and resources to the franchise. They are committed to building a winning team and a thriving organization that will serve as a source of pride and inspiration for the community.  

The opening game will take place at the Columbus Civic Center on May 14, 2023, at 6:00 pm. The game promises to be an exciting and memorable experience for fans, featuring a dynamic and competitive matchup between the Lions and South Florida Thunder.  

“We are thrilled to kick off our season in this new league and are eager to compete for a championship," said Head Coach Chris McKinney. "Our players have been training hard, and we're ready to showcase their talents on the field. We invite all football fans to come out and support us in our opening game and throughout the season.”  

The team encourages fans to purchase their tickets early to ensure their seats for this highly anticipated game. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster, or by visiting the box office at the Columbus Civic Center. Fans can also show their support for the team by purchasing official Lions merchandise online at  

“We can't wait to see our fans in the stands at the Lions’ Den, cheering on the Lions," said General Manager Lee Snow. "We're looking forward to an exciting season of professional arena football, and we're grateful for the support of not only Columbus but the entire Chattahoochee Valley and our fans.”  

For more information on the team and its upcoming season, please visit

Matthew Kelly 
Sales and Marketing 
Columbus Lions