IFL Adds Wenatchee Valley Venom

The Venom is going into its second year of operation.

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Venom to Play in Upcoming Indoor Football League Season

Wenatchee Valley, Wash. (Tuesday, September 14, 2010) – The Indoor Football League (IFL) continued its busy offseason with league meetings in Chicago last week, and one piece of information released from the gathering is that the Wenatchee Valley Venom will play in the IFL next year. The Venom comes over to the IFL after spending its inaugural season of operation in the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA).

"We are proud to welcome the Wenatchee Valley Venom to our established league," IFL Commissioner Tommy Benizio stated. "In our continuing efforts to add strong playing partners, the IFL considers the addition of the Venom as a great success. Wenatchee Valley is a great fit both in geography and quality of operation."

The Venom plays its home games at the newly constructed Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, sharing the venue with the Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Last season, the Venom played to an 8-6 record in the AIFA’s Western Conference, good enough for a third place finish. The team also won its final six games of the regular season.

“We are opening a new chapter for the fans and sponsors of the Wenatchee Valley Venom," Venom President Kyle Skalisky said. "We have a committed ownership group and are ready to build on the success of last season. It’s an exciting time to be a Venom fan!"

Wenatchee Valley will play in the Pacific North Division of the IFL, joining the Tri-Cities Fever, Kent Predators, Fairbanks Grizzilies and the two-time defending league champion Billings Outlaws.

"We look forward to meeting and working with our new business partners in the IFL, and we anxiously anticipate building an intense in-state rivalry with Tri-Cities and Kent, matching the fierce intensity of competition with Fairbanks that Wenatchee fans are accustomed, and competing with such a storied franchise as Billings," Skalisky concluded.

The IFL has added a handful of teams since the offseason started, and the league is still considering more franchises as expansion clubs in 2011. The IFL currently has 28 teams on tap for competition next year.

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