The St. Louis Slam is headed to Belleville.
A longtime member and former champion of the Women’s Football Alliance, the Slam will play its first home game in Illinois when it hosts the Chicago Force in a regular season contest at Lindenwood University-Belleville on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
A member of the WFA’S Midwest Region/Great Plains Division of the American Conference, the Slam enters the game with a 1-1 record following a 36-26 loss at Kansas City two weeks ago. St. Louis opened its season with a 71-0 thrashing of the Derby City Dynamite on April 2.
“We’re off to a good start and looking forward to another good season,” Slam co-owner and Director of Football Operations Rohmell A. Glover said on Thursday. “Women’s professional football is increasing in popularity and we felt that by bringing the Slam to Lindenwood-Belleville that it would give our fans from Illinois the chance to see just how good women’s football is becoming. And what better way for the Slam to play its first game in Illinois than against Chicago.
“It should be a great game and we hope that people come out and watch what we think is a great level of football.”
The Slam, which plays its home games Lindenwood University in St. Charles, will take on a Chicago team which is 2-0 and has outscored its two opponents 110-6. Leading the Great Lakes Division, the Force defeated the Indy Smash 52-0 in its last game two weeks ago.
Glover, who along with his partners, took over the Slam two years ago, said the franchise has been around for 12 years and completed 12 full seasons in the league.
The Slam won the WFA Championship and went undefeated with an 11-0 record in 2009 anf after taking the 2014 season off to rebuild and restructure, returned last year to earn a playoff spot and finished with a 6-3 season.
Glover said the Slam roster has players ranging from 18 to 47 and they come from all walks of life.
“It’s good football and these players play it because they love it and they love to compete,” Glover said. “They work normal jobs during the day and at night they practice football. We have a balanced attack on offense and we can both run and throw the football. Defensively, we have some good size up front. This is good football and we hope people come out and enjoy it.”
The Slam has four metro-east area players on its roster. Running back Taylor Hay and defensive back Kaylee Neutzling, who are both from Edwardsville, are WFA All-Americans. Wide receiver Gail Lacy is from Columbia and offensive lineman Pamela Green lives in Fairview Heights.
Tickets will be available at the gate and are priced at $13 for general admission, $5 for military and first responders and $5 for LU-Belleville students. Proof of ID is required.