Dennis Green is entering his second season as an UFL head coach (Photo courtesy of UFL).
Team Played as California Redwoods During 2009 Premier Season
Sacramento, Calif. (Wednesday, March 3, 2010) – With Sacramento Mayor and former Phoenix Suns point guard Kevin Johnson on hand, the United Football League announced today that it will be moving its California Redwoods franchise to Sacramento. The Redwoods were based out of San Francisco and hosted a game in San Jose last year, and its 2009 head coach, Dennis Green, will join the team in relocating to the City of Trees for the upcoming UFL season.
“Sacramento is a natural home for the UFL in that it is a major market that we believe will support a professional football team, and we are excited to be here,” UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue stated. “We are bringing sports fans in the area an exciting and high-quality product on the field at an affordable price and hope they will embrace the team who will become a part of the local community.”
Much excitement circulated around the UFL press conference for the announcement today, with Mayor Johnson doing his best “they are who we thought they were” impression of Coach Green being a huge highlight of the evening’s event.
“Welcoming a professional sports team to the city also means welcoming a positive focus for the local community,” Johnson remarked. “Whether it comes in the form of economic impact, the creation of jobs or simply the buzz from your city’s team winning football games, the opportunity to have a Sacramento franchise in the United Football League is an exciting proposition. I personally look forward to seeing the team in action at Hornet Stadium.”
Hornet Stadium is also the home to the Sacramento State football program, and it currently holds a capacity of 21,195 patrons. In addition to the impressive venue that the Sacramento pro team will call its home, something else that seemed to spark the excitement for its head coach today was the ample selection of spots for the avid fisherman to drop in his boat.
“I am excited that the team will be able to call the City of Sacramento home,” Coach Green said of the move. “When I coached in Northern California, I won a Super Bowl ring during my time with the San Francisco 49ers, and I hope to bring championship success to the people of Sacramento and the fans of the team.”
During the premiere season of the UFL in 2009, the Redwoods boasted the league’s top running back in former Nebraska standout Cory Ross and hung an overall 2-4 record. Today, it was announced that the franchise would run a “name the team” initiative similar to what is being done with the UFL franchise in Hartford, Connecticut.
Commissioner Huyghue stated today that the UFL would announce the location of it two expansion teams later this month, bringing the league total to six member clubs. The league will hold a 10-game season this year with each team playing an even split of home and road contests.