Lynn Swann Among Power’s Ownership Group
Pittsburgh, Penn. (Friday, August 20, 2010) – With the Arena Bowl on tap for tonight in Spokane, the Arena Football League (AFL) has given word that a fourth expansion franchise will join the league in 2011. Led by former Steeler great Lynn Swann as a co-owner, the Pittsburgh Power announced today that it will join the Philadelphia Soul, San Jose Sabercats and Kansas City Brigade as the newest additions to the AFL.
“We are very excited to bring this exciting and fan friendly brand of professional football to the community,” said Matt Shaner, Principle Owner and General Manager of the Power. “Pittsburgh has a tradition of great fan support for all its teams, and we are confident the city will embrace what will be an entertaining team in this great arena."
Matt Shaner and his brother, Lance, have an extensive business background, and their family also owns the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. Along with Swann, the trio will account for the ownership group of the Power. The team further announced today that it will play its home slate of games at Consol Energy Center, the new home of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
“We’re very excited about it,” Swann said in a feature on NHL.com. “I think the Pittsburgh Power is a great name. We’ll be black and gold and tap into that excitement and fan base here in Pittsburgh.”
Swann also spoke about the significance of being part of a new franchise.
“To be a part of a new team and help build it from the ground up was intriguing,” he stated. “I believe the Shaner family and Shaner Investments has the financial legs to be the primary and majority owner for a long period of time. That’s important. To me, it represents a great opportunity.”
Tonight’s Arena Bowl, which will be aired live on the NFL Network, pits the host Spokane Shock against the Tampa Bay Storm, with kickoff slated for 8:00 p.m. (EST). Working the play-by-play booth will be former Iowa Barnstormer quarterback and two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner, along with NFL Network analyst Paul Burmeister.