On Tuesday, El Paso Locomotive FC today announced they have reached agreement with KVIA and the El Paso – Las Cruces CW to broadcast all Saturday and Sunday home matches in their inaugural USL Championship season.
The broadcast team will be comprised of Duke Keith and Michael Balogun.
Keith has been an member of the El Paso media scene for more than 30 years. He has served in various roles across multiple organizations, including play-by-play for ESPN, the El Paso Patriots, El Paso Rhinos, and UTEP Athletics.
Balogun played NCAA D1 soccer for the University of Akron, one of the most highly regarded programs in the country. He also spent time with the US Youth National Team and had stints with various professional clubs.
El Paso Locomotive FC 2019 Home Match Live Broadcast Schedule
March 09 OKC Energy FC 7:30 PM
March 23 Rio Grande Valley FC 7:30 PM
March 30 Orange County SC 7:30 PM
April 13 Phoenix Rising FC 7:30 PM
April 27 Reno 1868 FC 7:30 PM
May 12 New Mexico United 6:00 PM
May 18 Sacramento Republic FC 7:30 PM
June 08 LA Galaxy II 7:30 PM
June 22 Las Vegas Lights FC 7:30 PM
July 20 Real Monarchs SLC 7:30 PM
August 03 Portland Timbers 2 7:30 PM
August 17 Tacoma Defiance 7:30 PM
September 21 Co. Springs Switchbacks FC 7:30 PM
Alan Ledford, MountainStar Sports Group and Locomotive President said “For those unable to be at Southwest University Park for a weekend Locomotive match, this provides an opportunity to see your local professional team in action and to get to know Locomotive players who come to El Paso from eleven (11) different countries. We’re proud to be working with KVIA and El Paso-Las Cruces CW to make this possible.”
KVIA-TV General Manager Kevin Lovell said, “We are elated to partner with the Locomotive to provide viewers with a quality broadcast of all 12 Saturday and one Sunday home game this season. If you can’t get to the games at Southwest University Park, they will be carried on the El Paso – Las Cruces CW. The CW network is available over-the-air and on all major cable and satellite outlets in the El Paso and Las Cruces TV market.”
The 12 Saturday and one Sunday Locomotive matches will air live on El Paso – Las Cruces CW channels 13 (Spectrum), 388 (Comcast), 8 (DirecTV), 17 (Dish), 19 (AT&T). The El Paso – Las Cruces CW is available to everyone in the El Paso and Las Cruces region on 7.2 over the air.
The United Soccer League (USL) and ESPN announced Thursday the full 2019 schedule for the USL Championship Game of the Week, and the newly-minted El Paso Locomotive snagged four telecasts.
The schedule features more must-see games airing across ESPN’s linear networks than ever before, with eight contests set to air on national television over the course of the regular season, as well as an additional 14 to stream digitally on ESPN3.
In what is set to be the biggest season in league history, 26 teams from across the Championship will feature on national broadcasts, including five of the league’s seven expansion sides.
2019 El Paso Locomotive FC USL Championship Game of the Week on ESPN Schedule
June 26 – San Antonio FC vs. El Paso Locomotive FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPNews
July 31 – New Mexico United vs. El Paso Locomotive FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Oct. 2 – El Paso Locomotive FC vs. Fresno FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3 Oct. 19/20 – Match To Be Decided, ESPN3
“We’re very pleased to see so many of our clubs getting exposure on the national stage,” said USL CEO, Alec Papadakis. “Our partnership with ESPN is elevating our league to new heights, and we could not be happier with its ability to bring our league to soccer fans across the United States.”
On the heels of the 2018 USL Cup, which aired for the first time on ESPN2 and in 50+ countries world-wide, Eastern Conference contenders Nashville SC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies will meet in the Championship’s first nationally-televised regular-season contest at First Tennessee Park on May 8.
ESPNews will serve as the home for the remaining seven linear broadcasts in 2019, kicking off with a clash between expansion side Memphis 901 FC and ATL UTD 2 at AutoZone Park on Wednesday, April 10.
Other exciting matches to feature on the network include a visit to Toyota Field for a Texas Derby when San Antonio FC hosts El Paso Locomotive FC on June 26, as well as a meeting between Sacramento Republic FC and the Eric Wynalda-led Las Vegas Lights FC at Papa Murphy’s Park on August 7.
The nationally televised eight-game slate will conclude with a clash between newcomers Hartford Athletic and Birmingham Legion FC at historic Dillon Stadium on October 9 in a game that could determine the playoff fate for both the Eastern Conference newcomers.
The USL Championship Game of the Week package will kick off on ESPN3 in March when newcomer New Mexico United welcomes Tulsa Roughnecks FC to Isotopes Park on March 20.
Four weeks later, we’ll pay a first visit to Bold Stadium to see Austin Bold FC as it takes on 2018 USL Cup finalist Phoenix Rising FC on April 17, before fans head north for the first of two trips in 2019 to Slugger Field where back-to-back USL Cup champion Louisville City FC hosts Memphis 901 FC on the final day of the month.
The package wraps up on the final weekend of the regular season with a matchup that will be selected at a later date as the final places in the 2019 USL Cup Playoffs are decided.
In addition to having the USL Championship Game of the Week on ESPN3, ESPNews and ESPN2, the league’s regular-season contests will be available in the United States through ESPN+, where the league will reside alongside USL League One, Serie A, Major League Soccer, the English Football League and UEFA Nations League, as well as numerous other competitions from around the world.
For the fourth consecutive year, every game will be produced by USL Productions, the league’s state-of-the-art broadcast production and distribution facilities established in partnership with VISTA Worldlink in south Florida.
Over the course of 2019, USL Productions will produce and distribute more than 700 matches and more than 1,500 hours of original content to national partners and local affiliates across the USL Championship and USL League One seasons.
The historic inaugural home opener takes place on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL
Over the weekend, El Paso Locomotive FC and San Antonio FC fought to a draw in a preseason match in the Alamo City.
This budding Texas rivalry planted its early seeds. In a modified preseason format, the match consisted of a 45-minute period, a 30-minute period, and another 45-minute “mini game.”
This restructured format, especially in regard to the mini game, let El Paso Locomotive FC get the entirety of the squad on board. “All the guys got good minutes tonight and experience, which is important moving forward,” Said Head Coach Mark Lowry.
El Paso Locomotive came out swinging and looked to maintain and implement the high possession gameplay they exhibited this preseason.
With a few good looks on frame in the first half, one of the closest opportunities came off a bicycle kick by defender James Kiffe that kissed the cross bar. El Paso showed creativity in their attack and most importantly showed strength in their defense. Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer stepped up and showcased his pedigree, coming up with four massive saves to keep the sheet clean.
After 45 minutes, the sides remained scoreless and moved to the next period of play, scheduled for 30 minutes. In both halves, each side of the field saw action, with EP Locomotive and San Antonio FC fighting for the chance to take the lead.
After the final whistle, the game moved into what was labeled, a “mini game” that lasted 45 minutes and saw members of the Locomotive squad that shared common threads. The three local players, forward Omar Salgado, and midfielders Louis “Chapa” Herrera and Memo Diaz all saw the pitch together under the lights of Toyota Field.
“I am very happy with how the team competed, it was a great exercise for both teams and I am very pleased with how our team has progressed,” said Lowry after the 0-0 draw against Western Conference foe San Antonio FC.
El Paso Locomotive will play one final preseason match against OKC Energy FC in Tucson, Arizona on March 2nd.
The historic inaugural home opener takes place on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!
On Thursday, El Paso Locomotive FC officials announced the signing of local talent, midfielder Guillermo “Memo” Diaz.
Diaz was born and raised in Gadsden, New Mexico and played his youth soccer career in El Paso. He attended Gadsden High School, and while playing for the Panthers, was named the 2013-14 Gatorade New Mexico Boys Soccer Player of the Year after scoring 73 points off 27 goals and 19 assists.
“When I got into the office and was offered a contract I felt very thankful to the club and to coach Mark Lowry for giving me this amazing opportunity,” said Diaz. “Getting to play for the professional team in your hometown is every kid’s dream.”
Diaz attended Yavapai Junior College in Arizona where he was a member of the highly competitive Roughriders soccer team. He was an NSCAA and NJCAA All-Region selection and helped the Roughriders to a top-five national finish.
Diaz then transferred to UNLV for his final two years of eligibility for the 2016 and 2017 season. In the 2016 season, Diaz started in 22 matches and was fifth in scoring for the UNLV Rebels. Diaz also spent time in the National Pro Soccer League with Laredo Heat, where he piqued the interest of the Locomotive coaching staff.
He received an offer to participate in the invitational tryout and was extended an opportunity to train with the team during preseason. Diaz impressed the coaching staff during training and in matches during the preseason schedule.
Diaz is now the second trialist to receive an offer in preseason along with English goalkeeper Jermaine Fordah. He is the third local player to make the Locomotive squad, joining forward Omar Salgado and midfielder Louis “Chapa” Herrera.
The historic inaugural home opener takes place on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL
El Paso Locomotive FC and FC Juarez competed in a friendly match yesterday at Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez.
The match served as a test for both sides, with El Paso Locomotive inching closer to the start of their historic inaugural season and the Bravos fielding a team of U-23 and first team players.
From the moments before the match started to the final whistle, a sense of unity and connection hung heavy in the stadium.
High-possession and creativity in their passing led to the first goal of the match for El Paso Locomotive FC. Left-back James Kiffe netted a goal in the 24th minute after receiving a pinpoint pass from midfielder Calvin Rezende.
The Bravos tied the match in the 37th minute with a shot by Aaron Gomez to bring score level going into half time. After a foul on the edge of the box, center midfielder Sebastian Contreras stepped up to take a free kick in the 66th minute. Contreras placed it just over the wall and tucked it neatly underneath the crossbar to put Locomotive up 1.
El Paso was able to hold onto the lead through heavy possession and the ability to play the ball out of the back. Contreras stepped up once again in the 80th minute with a cross into the box that resulted in a thundering header from forward Omar Salgado into the back of the net.
After the final whistle, the score was El Paso Locomotive FC 3 and FC Juarez 1.
“This game was exactly what we wanted and expected from a Mark Lowry coached team, heavy possession and passing with a purpose,” said General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest. “To see the maturation of the team to reflect Mark’s style is incredible in just a few short weeks. Mark was not lying when he said we would play entertaining, possession-based football and to see it on full display was encouraging and something fans will not want to miss out on March 9th at Southwest University Park.”
El Paso Locomotive FC is currently 4-1 in their preseason run and still have three matches left before they kick off their inaugural USL Championship season on March 9th.
This Saturday they will face FC Grande (closed to the public), before wrapping up their preseason schedule with two away matches, against San Antonio FC and OKC Energy FC in Tucson, Arizona.
The historic inaugural home opener takes place on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.
El Paso Locomotive FC began their preseason schedule Saturday, January 26th with a match against Texas United (USL League Two.)
The Locomotive won 3-1 and while the preseason home matches aren’t open to the public, fans can be ready for the inaugural home opener on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC, by purchasing Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there to capture all the action via the gallery below.
Officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced on Monday the signing of Haitian defender, Mechack Jérôme for the 2019 inaugural season.
Jérôme played the beginnings of his professional career in the Ligue Haïtienne with Baltimore before making a move to the Portuguese Second Division with Mirandela.
Jérôme made his MLS debut with Sporting Kansas City in 2013 and made 12 appearances. He also spent time in the NASL and the USL with Jacksonville Armada and Charlotte Independence respectively. He has made 62 appearances for the Haitian men’s national team and was also a member of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup squad.
The 28-year-old defender has over 200 appearances across his professional and international career and will be a key aspect of the Locomotive FC lineup.
“The quality that Mechack Jérôme possesses as a ball playing center back is second to none. His passing ability allows us to be creative with our build-up play and maintain possession of the ball even when under pressure,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.
“As a defender, he has great 1v1 defending abilities, is good in the air and is a fantastic athlete. On top of being a very good player, his personality off the field is a class act,” said Lowry. “I am very excited to reunite with him and bring him to El Paso. Our fans are going to love watching him play.”
El Paso Locomotive FC plays their first match of their inaugural 2019 season on March 9th, against OKC Energy FC at Southwest University Park at 7:30 PM.
Individual Match Tickets for the inaugural 2019 season are available online and in person at the Durango and Santa Fe Box Office at Southwest University Park now.
Season Ticket Membership options start as low as $170 for the entire 34-week season, call 915-235-GOAL now to speak with an account executive or visit the website.
Officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced Friday morning the signing of 6’ 3” goalkeeper Logan Ketterer for the 2019 season, pending league and federation approval.
“He has spent the last couple of years working closely with Zack Steffen, the number one national team keeper,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. “He will be coming to us with a great foundation, a willingness to be brave with the ball at his feet, and a desire to win games and be a leader in the group.”
The Madison, Wisconsin native comes to El Paso from the Columbus Crew SC, who play in the MLS, where he spent two seasons and was a fourth-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft.
He made his first appearance for the Crew against Chicago Fire on June 6, 2018.
Bringing Ketterer to El Paso aligns perfectly with the high-possession game Lowry is implementing in the 2019 inaugural season. “Logan is a goalkeeper that is coming from an MLS environment that played in a similar manner to us and used the goalkeepers as a big part of their possession game,” said Lowry.
“The goalkeeper position is a critical element to how we want to play. Not just with the obvious objectives of making saves and keeping clean sheets, but more-so with how we want to build our possession and bravery to play slightly higher up the field,” said Lowry.
Tickets for the historic inaugural match on March 9 against OKC Energy FC can be secured online beginning Saturday, January 19 and at the Santa Fe and Durango Box Offices, or by calling 915-235-GOAL.
El Paso Locomotive FC Signs veteran Irish Midfielder, Richie Ryan, from FC Cincinnati, pending league and federation approval. Ryan has amassed a legendary professional career that spans 15 years and two continents.
He made his professional debut with Sunderland in the English Premier League in the 2003 season. After an 11-year career in Europe, playing in the first division in Ireland, Scotland, and Belgium, Ryan moved to the United States and joined then NASL club Ottawa Fury for the 2014 season where they reached the finals.
Ryan most recently played with USL Championship club FC Cincinnati, who will be premiering in Major League Soccer (MLS) this year as the newest expansion club.
“Having known Richie personally for a few years, coupled with his undoubted quality and winning pedigree on the field, I am honored to have the opportunity to work closely with him again,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. “The high standards he is going to bring to our group both on and off the field will go a long way to helping us achieve the goals that we have set.”
“I want to thank the ownership and upper management at El Paso Locomotive FC for helping me bring in an individual of this caliber. Big thanks to Richie and his agent for making the process a smooth one,” said Lowry.
Ryan and the Locomotive squad will take the field on March 9, against OKC Energy FC at 7:30 p.m. for the historic home opener of the inaugural 2019 season.
Individual match tickets are available for purchase beginning Saturday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Durango and Santa Fe Box Office at Southwest University Park, or online.
On Friday, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced the signing of Colombian right back, Bryam Rebellon to the first-year squad.
Rebellon played his youth and early days of his professional career in Argentina and his home country of Colombia.
Playing with Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia’s top division and then spending time with Club Atletico Sarmiento in Argentina led Rebellon to the United States where he joined LA Galaxy II in 2016, where he appeared 24 times and netted two goals.
In 2017, Rebellon joined Jacksonville Armada (21 appearances), the former club of El Paso Locomotive Head Coach, Mark Lowry and teammates, Derek Gebhard, Joshua Castellanos and Yuma.
After a year stint in Jacksonville, Rebellon joined Swope Park Rangers of the USL Championship for the 2018 season and appeared in 26 matches.
“Bryam is another very intelligent footballer and an incredible athlete who possesses great technique” said Lowry. “He can play various positions, but over the past couple of years has really made the right back spot his home.”
“What really sets Bryam apart though, is his character and work ethic. A phenomenal worker who dedicates his life to being the best he can be on the field. I am looking forward to having another high-quality personality in our locker room,” continued Lowry.
El Paso Locomotive FC plays their first match in their inaugural 2019 season on March 9th, against OKC Energy FC at Southwest University Park at 7:30 PM.
Fans are encouraged to sign up for the individual match tickets waiting list on the EP Locomotive FC website.
El Paso Locomotive FC receives midfielder Edson Partida on loan from Deportivo Toluca F.C., who play in Liga MX and who have won the Mexican Primera Division 10 times (third most winningest club in Liga MX).
Partida also has experience on the U-20 side with Toluca; in Third Division with Buscando un Campeón and Cocula FC. He has appeared in matches with Chiapas U-17 side as well.
The 21-year-old Partida brings a youthful edge to the Locomotive roster with solid professional experience already under his belt in the top echelon of professional Mexican soccer.
“Partida is a young, hungry player, who for me, is a very exciting addition. He is a natural left winger, loves to run at defenders and has a toughness and determination about him that is very characteristic of Liga MX players,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. “He is eager to learn and develop, and I know we can provide him the platform to grow on and off the field.”
The addition of Partida to the Locomotive roster for the 2019 season is another example of EP Locomotive’s opportunity to work with top tier clubs from around the world.
“We are getting attention from Liga MX’s teams who trust us to develop their talent. This is a massive step in our development as a club,” said Andrew Forrest General Manager, Business Operations.
The team that EP Locomotive FC Head Coach, Mark Lowry has been putting together for the inaugural season is taking shape with training camp and report dates for players set for the middle of January.
Partida is the 12th player announced, with more to follow in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, the El Paso Locomotive FC announced the signing of El Pasoan, Louis “Chapa” Herrera. Herrera piqued the interest of the Locomotive coaching staff during the 2018 Alianza de Futbol tournament in El Paso, where he competed with an all-star team comprised of former professionals and collegiate players.
“We saw him play at the Alianza tournament in September, where I think he ran 5,000 miles and didn’t give the ball away once all weekend,” said head coach Mark Lowry. “We invited him to tryouts where he performed well and once again showed his quality and potential.”
After a successful two days at the December 1 and 2 open tryouts, Herrera received a spot to attend the invitational tryout on December 8 and 9 where he continued to impress the staff.
A few weeks after the invitational tryout, Herrera came to the El Paso Locomotive offices with his family and was offered a contract for the inaugural 2019 season.
Lowry said, “In my years of doing this, I can honestly say it was one of my proudest moments sitting with Louis and his family while he signed forms to become a full-time professional soccer player.”
“At 22, he has incredible room for growth and the opportunity to change the lives of him and his family. This is what dreams are made of. Last week he was working construction, today he signed a professional contract,” said Lowry. “I am honored to be part of this journey with Louis and everyone else in El Paso who aspires to be something special”
Herrera is the second El Pasoan on the Locomotive roster, joining 2011 number one overall MLS SuperDraft pick, Omar Salgado.
When El Paso Locomotive takes the field on March 9, fans will be blown away by the high-level of play in the USL Championship.
General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest said, “The fact that another local player has earned his way onto the first team and can compete at this level is encouraging and a great sign of the high-level of talent in El Paso.”
On Friday, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced the signing of Mexican midfielder, Kevin Ramirez from Club Deportivo Guadalajara, more commonly known as Chivas.
Ramirez moved up the ranks in the Guadalajara youth program, most notably with the U15s and U20s and made his professional debut with Chivas in August of 2018 against Cruz Azul.
The 20-year-old Ramirez also attended trials with English Premier League powerhouse, Manchester City when he was 15. His experience at such a young age speaks volumes to the caliber of players head coach, Mark Lowry is acquiring for EP Locomotive.
“When the opportunity presented itself to bring Ramirez to El Paso, it was a very simple decision. He is very versatile, he can play 3-4 positions within the team. He is a very intelligent player, composed and incredibly mature player for someone so young,” said Lowry.
“Developed and currently contracted at Chivas, one of the most prestigious clubs in the continent, shows how well regarded he is as a player,” Lowry said on Ramirez’s prowess.
“For us to work with Chivas and bring Ramirez here for 2019 will be great for all parties involved. I am excited to see Kevin develop with us and compete daily to make our team stronger,” said Lowry.
EP Locomotive FC has ten players on the roster and includes international athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Mexico, Scotland, and Spain with more signings to be officially announced in the coming weeks. Training camp will kick off in mid-January.
Southwest University Park and Spectra Food Services & Hospitality will host their 2019 job fair in a two-day event in mid-January.
The job fair starts on Tuesday, January 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and concluding on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the WestStar Club at Southwest University Park.
Southwest University Park hiring managers are looking for “qualified, hardworking candidates with great guest service skills who are able to work baseball and soccer home games as well as other sporting and non-sporting events.”
The Chihuahuas are looking to fill the following positions for people 18 years or older:
Box Office Service and Cashiers
Cash Room Attendant
Parking Lot Attendants
Facilities and Grounds Crew
Game Day Entertainment Staff
Bark Brigade and Social Square Staff
Kids Playground Attendants
Mesilla Valley Transportation 50/50 Raffle Sellers
Candidates should enter through the Clock Tower/VIP Entrance on the corner of Durango Street and Franklin Avenue
Candidates are urged to bring a resume and dress to impress. A positive, friendly attitude is essential. Applicants who cannot attend can send their resumes to email@example.com. Officials also ask for no calls regarding the jobs.
Spectra will be hiring various positions in the following ballpark areas:
City Hall Grill, Sun Kings Saloon and WestStar Club Bar Areas
Concessions – Cashiers, Runners, Prep Cooks, Stand Leads, Stand Managers
Restaurant – Servers & Runners
Cashiers & Cash Room Attendant
The El Paso Chihuahuas, El Paso Locomotive FC, Leg Up Entertainment and Spectra are equal opportunity employers. Candidates must be 18 years of age to apply, must be able to pass a background check and must be able to work all home games and additional events as needed.
Applicants that are younger than 18 are asked to send their resume or an email to the following Human Resources Jobs address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
El Paso Locomotive FC have released their inaugural 2019 season schedule which kicks off with a historic home opener against OKC Energy FC on March 9, at Southwest University Park.
El Paso Locomotive will play three home matches in March which will all be held on Saturdays — March 9, March 23, March 30. Locomotive FC will play 26 of their 34 games on Saturday in the 2019 inaugural season.
“I am beyond excited about the release of the schedule.” said General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest, “Fans have been looking forward to this for months and now everyone will have a chance to experience and be a part of history during this inaugural season for El Paso Locomotive. With players from all over the globe and the high level of play in the USL, it will make for some exciting nights at Southwest University Park. I cannot wait for the fans in El Paso to experience this level of professional soccer for themselves!”
The 34-game schedule will see Locomotive FC playing a home-and-away match with each team within the Western Conference of the USL Championship, with regional and state rivalries already forming.
A heated matchup between El Paso Locomotive FC and New Mexico United (Albuquerque) has been scheduled for Sunday, May 12, at Southwest University Park, with the away matchup set for Wednesday, July 31 in Albuquerque.
Texas has four USL Championship teams; El Paso Locomotive FC, Rio Grande Valley FC, Austin Bold FC, and San Antonio FC. All teams will play each other in a home-and-away series for the bragging rights of the best team in the state of Texas at stake.
El Paso Locomotive FC will also be playing matches against three MLS II squads this season, starting with an away match against Portland Timbers 2 on May 25.
El Pasoans will see the first home match against an MLS II squad on June 8, against LA Galaxy II.
The USL Championship season will run 33 weeks starting March 9 and will conclude on October 20.