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Spokane Shock season postponed in response to coronavirus pandemic

Spokane Shock RB Bryson Kelly (36) fights into the end zone for the home team's first score against Portland's Varmah Sonie (10), July 25, 2015, in the Spokane Veterans Arena. DAN PELLE

The return of the Spokane Shock has been put on hold.

The Indoor Football League announced the postponement of its 2020 season Thursday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, 10 days before the Shock’s season-opening road game against the Bismarck Bucks.

“While we are disappointed, the health and safety of our fans, employees, coaches and players remains our top priority,” Shock owner and former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Sam Adams said.

The Shock canceled its Fan Fest event Thursday at the Arena, where the team planned to reveal its new blue field turf.

The team will continue to practice as it awaits word from the IFL. Its home opener was initially slated for March 26 against the San Diego Strike Force.

“Our goal is to resume play as soon as possible,” IFL commisioner Todd Tryon said. “The health of our players, coaches, staffs, fans, and sponsors is of utmost importance to our teams and to the league, and we will not compromise on those values.”