The Omaha Nighthawks
are a professional American football
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team based in Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, United States, and is the county seat of Douglas County. It is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 20 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River...
, which plays in the United Football League, joining the league as an expansion team
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The 2010 United Football League season was the second season of the United Football League. The regular season ran from September 18 to November 20 and featured five teams playing eight games each over a 10-week span. The 2010 season was a relatively competitive one as no team won more than five...
. For their first season, the Nighthawks played their home games at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium is a baseball stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, the former home to the annual NCAA Division I College World Series and the minor league Omaha Royals, now known as the Omaha Storm Chasers...
before moving to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha for 2011 and beyond. Zach Nelson
Zachery Mathew Nelson, is an American film producer and screenwriter.Nelson won Best Sci-fi/Horror Screenplay at the 2009 London Independent Film Festival for his screenplay, The Void. It was also a Finalist at the 2009 Paranoia Film Festival in Los Angeles.He resides in Chester Springs,...
, CEO of Internet software provider NetSuite
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, was announced as lead owner in August 2010.
On April 15, 2010, Omaha was granted an expansion team in the UFL, with former Boston College
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coach Jeff Jagodzinski
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being named the team's head coach. The team allowed fans to name the new team by either writing in a name or choosing from a preselected list (Mustangs, Spirit, Navigators or Stags). The Nighthawks name was officially unveiled on May 5, 2010 and won based on a strong write-in campaign. It was partially derived from the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the retired stealth fighter used in the United States Air Force
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On September 21, the Tuesday before the team's first ever game, it was announced that a sellout crowd of 24,000 tickets were sold for the first time in UFL history, to watch the Nighthawks take on the Colonials in the franchise's first ever game. Omaha defeated the Colonials, 27–26.
On November 19, the Omaha Nighthawks played Florida in the UFL's first alternate uniform: a camouflage jersey was worn in honor of the Armed Forces.
On January 3, 2011, Jagodzinski was fired by the Nighthawks. Omaha chose to not renew his contract for the 2011 season as he led the Nighthawks to four straight losses to close out the season at 3-5, tied for last place in the league for 2010. Just nine days later, Joe Moglia
Joe Moglia is the current head football coach of the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. Moglia is also the current Chairman and former CEO of TD Ameritrade, the largest online discount brokerage firm in the world in terms of the number of retail online equity trades placed each...
was named team president and head coach. He was previously announced as the head coach for the expansion Virginia Destroyers.
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-Schedule:-Week 2: vs. Hartford Colonials:In what is regarded as the best UFL game played so far, Jeff Garcia completed a pass to Robert Ferguson with six seconds left to give the Nighthawks a win 27-26....
-Roster:-Schedule:-Week 1: vs. Virginia Destroyers:-Week 3: at Sacramento Mountain Lions:-Week 4: at Las Vegas Locomotives:-Week 5: vs. Las Vegas Locomotives:-Week 6: vs. Sacramento Mountain Lions:-References:...
Records vs. teams
This includes postseason games.
| Las Vegas Locomotives
The Las Vegas Locomotives are a professional American football team based in Las Vegas, Nevada who play in the United Football League. The team plays its home games in Sam Boyd Stadium, home field for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jim Fassel is the franchise's head coach, president, and...
| Hartford Colonials
| Sacramento Mountain Lions
| Florida Tuskers/Virginia Destroyers
Home, away and neutral records