American Indoor Football Association Says Team will Play in 2011
Trenton, N.J. (Wednesday, February 3, 2010) – The American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) has announced that the expansion Trenton Steel will begin playing at the Sun National Bank Center in 2011, ending hopes of the New Jersey Kings bringing the indoor game to the state capital of New Jersey in 2010. The Steel, who will be owned directly by the league until a new ownership group comes forward, unveiled its logo and future plans last week at a press conference in Trenton.
"The AIFA is determined to have a team here in Trenton," AIFA President John Morris commented. "We're determined to find local ownership, that's our goal.”
With the 2011 season not kicking off until March of next year, Morris has time to seek an ownership group, but he says the league is prepared to operate the team should they not find a suitable owner.
“Hopefully, we can do that before we kick off,” he said. “If we don't, we're more than happy to take control of the team and own the team until we do. We just feel this is a very important market to the footprint of the league. We feel like being here is a great situation for the AIFA."
The AIFA previously announced the New Jersey Kings as its Trenton resident, but no public message was voiced on why the Kings will not call the Sun National Bank Center its home. The league did announce that the Morristown-based New Jersey Revolution will play a home contest in Trenton this season on Saturday, June 12th, when they host the Harrisburg Stampede.
"We want to give the fans a taste of what's to come," Morris remarked. "Obviously, it takes a lot to put on a game at a neutral site, but we feel it will be a huge benefit for our fans to see two teams play a real game so they can see really what our product is really about. I truly feel that the product sells itself."
The AIFA was founded in 2006, and the league will play with 13 teams in 2010. The season will open on Saturday, March 6th, when Harrisburg hosts the Baltimore Mariners, and the league championship game will be played in July. For more information on the AIFA, visit www.aifaprofootball.com.