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The defending Indoor Football League champion Billings Outlaws released their 2010 schedule Monday afternoon — with some notable changes — and will be welcoming a new opponent to Billings and renewing an old rivalry with the Tri-Cities Fever.

Billings will play four of its first six games of the 2010 season at home, and due to conflicts with arena dates, the first three home games will be played on Sundays, all beginning at 4 p.m.

Other notable changes to this season’s schedule include the replacement of Omaha and Sioux City with new geographic rivals, Kent, Wash., and Tri-Cities (Kennewick), Wash.

Kent and Tri-Cities are two of nine new teams to join the Indoor Football League for the 2010 season.

The Outlaws open defense of their 2009 IFL title at home on Sunday, Feb. 28th at 4 p.m. when they welcome the Kent Predators in the first of three games between the geographic rivals.

The season opener will also feature a ring ceremony to honor the defending champions and present the current players with their championship rings.

The toughest portion of the 2010 campaign will be a six-week stretch that begins in Week 9 when the Outlaws travel to Kennewick to take on Tri-Cities on April 24 and Kent the following week. The Outlaws return home to host the Colorado Ice on May 8 — their only home game between April 17 and June 12, a span of 55 days — before heading to Alaska for games against Fairbanks and Anchorage.

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