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The Italian Football League Championship Is Coming To America For The First Time

April 13, 2023

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ATLANTA, GA – A historic event for Italian and European American football will take place this summer as the University of Toledo’s Glass Bowl Stadium will host the XLII Italian Bowl. The 42nd installment of the Italian Football League (IFL) championship will be played in the United States for the first time ever on July 1, 2023.

“Taking the IFL final to Toledo in the United States, where the game originated, has the hallmarks of an epic adventure for Italian American football,” said FIDAF Deputy Vice President Fabio Tortosa. “We are grateful to have this extraordinary opportunity for growth as it will positively impact the entire Federation as well as the two teams in the final.”

The week leading up to the championship game will be packed with Italian-themed events, including the Taste of Italy Restaurant Week, Toledo Night Market and Festival, Youth Football Camps, and more. There will also be a Mayor’s Cup, featuring a football skills competition between several mayors in northwest Ohio and Michigan, including Toledo mayor, Wade Kapszukiewicz.

“The IFL final, and all that comes with it, will facilitate more exchanges and greater understanding between different cultures, further cooperation, and more positive interactions for thousands of people.” said Kapsukiewicz.

Award-winning sport marketing firm, The Aspire Group (Aspire), is managing all digital and social media marketing for the XLII Italian Bowl, defining, creating, and executing across all platforms. Aspire will also drive ticket sales through direct email marketing.

“Aspire is excited to help bring such an exciting event to Toledo.” said Aspire Strategy and Marketing Manager, Jake Martin. “Our company has strong ties to the University of Toledo, and we are eager to utilize our expertise in email and social media marketing to drive enthusiastic fans from around the world to this unique championship game.”

All tickets on sale now at Tickets start at just $15 for general admission and $30 for reserved seating at the University of Toledo’s Glass Bowl Stadium. Club level tickets, which offer premium indoor seating and a buffet, start at $50.

A limited number of private suites are also available. Please utilize the Visitor Interest form for all suite inquiries.

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About The Aspire Group

The Aspire Group is an award winning sports and entertainment marketing firm, named as a top employer in the industry by both Forbes and Front Office Sports. Globally recognized for innovative consulting, ticket sales, and partnership services, Aspire created the outsourced ticket sales niche, revolutionizing with its first Fan Relationship Management Center (FRMC) at Georgia Tech in 2009. Over the past 15 years, more than 300 collegiate and professional sports properties have trusted Aspire to drive revenue, attendance, and enterprise-value growth through the combination of strategic consulting and researchsales and service training, and best-in-industry fan relationship management.

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