Arena football fans lean against the guard wall as the first quarter of the Cheyenne Warriors football game gets under way June 3 at Cheyenne Event Center. Dominic Benintende/staff
Editor’s note: The following is a look inside a preparations for a recent Cheyenne Warriors indoor football game at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. It was written before last week’s announcement that the Warriors’ season would be cut short.
Wyoming Tribune Eagle photographer Dominic Beintende has a photo essay of the Warriors online at: http://blogs.wyomingnews.com/blogs/shutterspeed/2012/06/16/cheyenne-warriors-come-inside-and-play/
WyoSports writer Alex Riley wraps up the end of the Warriors season online at: http://wyomingnews.com/articles/2012/06/17/sports/19sports_06-17-12.txt
8 a.m.: No one beats Alice Colerick to the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.
Most of the players who will suit up for the Cheyenne Warriors indoor football team are probably still asleep by the time she gets to work.
Colerick arrives bright and early to open the doors to the arena. She’s worked at the Ice and Events Center for four years, and on game day Saturdays, she comes in wearing a Warriors T-shirt, ready to sell tickets.
Arin Thompson and Tony Speer, also employees of the Ice and Events Center, aren’t far behind. They sit with Colerick and talk, waiting for people to come in and buy tickets for tonight’s game.
Along with ticket sales for the game, there are birthday parties to be set up, food in the concession stand to be cooked, putt-putt tickets and golf clubs to be doled out, and even laser tag games to be conducted.
The first Warriors fan walks in and buys a ticket just after 9:45 a.m. Colerick notes he was the first, but he won’t be the last. She’ll get off at 3 p.m. and turn it over to the second shift. That’s when things will really get hectic. Continue reading