by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, MO

As a prelude to their 2015-16 season, the St. Louis Ambush are treating their fans to a free Fan Fest and pre-season exhibition game Saturday, October 3 at the Family Arena in St. Charles. Admission to the fan fest and parking at the Family Arena are free for this special event.

Among the activities planned are a block party with music and inflatables for the kids, a special showing of the documentary “Whoomp There It Is: The Story of the 1995 NPSL Champion St. Louis Ambush,”  and a pre-season game against the expansion Cedar Rapids Rampage, followed by an autograph session on the field.

The Rampage are preparing for their inaugural season in the Major Arena Soccer League. They are led by Head Coach Jeff Kraft, a former Coach of the Year in the AISL. St. Louis fans may remember Kraft as a player with the Kansas City Comets in 1986 and more recently as Assistant Coach of the Chicago Storm, who had an intense rivalry with the St. Louis Steamers in the 2004-05 season.

Here is the schedule of events:

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:

Block party outside arena. Music, inflatables and more! Free and open to the public.

6:00 p.m.:

Doors to the Family Arena open.

6:15 p.m.:

“Whoomp There It Is: The Story of the 1995 NPSL Champion St. Louis Ambush” (first time shown to public) will be shown on the video boards inside the Family Arena.

7:00 p.m.:

Player Introductions

7:15 p.m.:

Pre-season game: St. Louis Ambush host the Cedar Rapids Rampage.

9:15 p.m. (time approximate):

Autograph session on the field immediately following the game.

“We are once again pleased to offer the free Fan Fest to our fans,” said Ambush General Manager Andrew Haines. “This event is a great time for our existing fans and a great opportunity to check out the exciting sport of professional indoor soccer – for free – for those who haven’t tried it yet.”

The Ambush play in the Major Arena Soccer League and will kick off their 2015-16 season in November. Season tickets are on sale and start at only $100 for all ten home games. The schedule is expected to be released in September. Call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363 for more information. Keep up with Ambush news anytime by visiting the team’s official web site,, the Ambush Facebook page,, or on Twitter,