Rugby ATL hosts 2023 Fire and Ice Cup
It’s not often that a team’s season starts off with a matchup of huge significance on the very first match day of the season, but that’s the case for Rugby ATL in 2023. The Fire and Ice Cup takes center stage in Major League Rugby’s Matchweek 1 when the Toronto Arrows travel to Silverbacks Park in Atlanta on Friday, February 17.
The connection between the two franchises goes back to 2021 when the Canadian-based Arrows were forced to relocate to the United States due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. Rugby ATL shared resources and facilities with the Arrows so they could continue playing while away from home.
The Fire and Ice Cup was born to commemorate a brotherhood that was created through that experience.
The Fire and Ice Cup can only be taken from the holders if they lose at their home stadium. Rugby ATL first won the inaugural Fire and Ice Cup in 2021 at Silverbacks Park and has yet to relinquish it.
This season’s match up:
Date: February 17, 2023
Location: Silverbacks Park in Atlanta, GA
Time: 7 p.m. EST
How to watch: Stream on The Rugby Network
ABOUT RUGBY ATL: Founded in 2019, Rugby ATL is Atlanta’s professional rugby team and part of Major League Rugby. Led by the values of PACE—People, Accountability, Create Change and Execution—Rugby ATL aims to develop leaders and citizens in the community and champions on the pitch. The team’s Rugby ATL Foundation strives to impact the community, empower youth, and provide cultural and athletic education using the game of rugby and its core values. Rugby ATL is headquartered in Marietta and plays matches at Silverbacks Park. Tickets and hospitality for the 2023 season are available at: https://rugbyatl.rugby/.
ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY: Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its sixth season, representing the highest rugby competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018 to twelve in 2023, featuring eleven from the United States and one from Canada. Matches are televised on Fox Sports, among other national and local market platforms. Select matches are available to stream live in North America on The Rugby Network, and all matches are available on The Rugby Network for international fans. MLR prides itself in fostering intense and high-stakes competition while bringing together a passionate community built on the values of respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition. For more information about MLR, visit www.MajorLeague.Rugby.