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ArenaBowl venue change could benefit Arizona Rattlers

The Arizona Rattlers are shown celebrating their ArenaBowl XXVI championship on Aug. 17, 2013. (Twitter photo/@ArizonaRatttlers)

The ArenaBowl's format is going back to the way it used to be.

The Arena Football League announced Wednesday that the 2014 ArenaBowl will be hosted by the team with the highest remaining playoff seed. This marks a change from the last two championship games, which were held at neutral sites.

"We listened to our fans and our fans wanted ArenaBowl to be a home game," AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. "We've also added a bye week in between the Conference Championships and ArenaBowl, which will give our fans and teams an additional week to prepare and ensure that ArenaBowl XXVII on ESPN is the best ArenaBowl yet."

ArenaBowl XXVII is scheduled to be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, on ESPN.

The league's playoff format allows for the top four teams from each of the two conferences to make the postseason. The four division winners claim the top two seeds in their respective conferences.

How does the ArenaBowl's format change help the Arizona Rattlers?

Coach Kevin Guy's squad has participated in each of the last three ArenaBowls, including winning the past two. If the Rattlers see similar success in 2014, US Airways Center could become the venue of the championship game in August.

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