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New house, same results? Blast prepare to defend MASL title at SECU Arena

New house, same results? Blast prepare to defend MASL title at SECU Arena

The Blast begin a new era when they open their 2017-18 Major Arena Soccer League season Friday night against the Cedar Rapids Rampage at their new home, Towson University’s SECU Arena.

The two-time defending league champions, who left Royal Farms Arena after 37 years, are all in on one concept: Smaller will be better.

On their new home field, the Blast are sacrificing 50 feet of length, going from 200 to 150. The spacious but outdated downtown arena had a capacity of 10,500 for Blast games, while the new place holds up to 3,800.

The team’s sales pitch is that the smaller confines will offer more action and a more intimate setting with...

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