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LAKELAND, FL- Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) Lakeland Raiders are pleased to be announcing a second try out. ”We want to out the best team possible on the field to display the best entertainment possible to our fans.” Owner Michael Mink is very excited about the core of his “Raider Battalion” and can't wait to add more talent to his roster.

The Raiders have began ticket sales and floor box sales along with advertising for companies and sponsorships. Michael said “Lakeland has welcomed us and we are very happy to be here. I did not think I would have this much support from the city when I originally planned this but I am glad I have the help and encouragement to succeed by The Lakeland Center and the city of Lakeland.” The Raiders still have many roster spots to fill and look forward to their open tryouts to do so. The team’s operations manager, Feddy Azofeifa did comment on how many emails he was receiving of interest of local player wanting to tryout and even players outside the state of Florida.

The Raiders are very excited today to announce that they have an official date, time and location for their final tryout. The host of the Raiders tryout will be Bryant Stadium in Lakeland located at 1125 N Florida Ave Lakeland, Fl 33805. The tryouts will be held on December 3, 2011 and registration will begin at 10am. Players are advised to bring cleats and proper clothes for a variety of different drills and plenty of liquids for hydration. The players can pre-register at and click on player tryouts. The cost if pre-registered will be $40 and to register at the event will be $50.

Lakeland Raiders owner Michael Mink also commented ” We have had two tryouts and have found some great athletes but we are looking for the best players and still have many spots to fill on our roster. We hope everyone that attends is ready to compete but have fun during the tryouts. Hope to see everyone out there.”

For more information about the Lakeland Raiders visit the team website at or call 863-834-7511. The Raiders will be playing home games at The Lakeland Center.  The Lakeland Center offers a full variety of sporting events, concerts and shows. The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm and can be reached at 863-834-8111.tLake c

The Raiders were founded by Michael Mink and owned by Michael Mink and Robert Tannenbaum. The Raiders are a Professional Indoor/Arena Football Team in the Ultimate Indoor Football League( The Raiders organization is a community based team that supports affordable family fun and entertainment. The original Marine Raiders were honored a group of warriors and sons from America. The lost Marine Raider Battalions completed their mission in real war and were the pride of World War II. One Team. One Mission. The Invasion begins in 2012!

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