The Voodoo will return in 2011.
Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings Relocating to New Orleans
New Orleans, La. (Thursday, September 16, 2010) – Another familiar franchise will return to the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2011, with the league announcing this week that the New Orleans Voodoo is back in the fold. The Voodoo was a member of the AFL from 2004-08, and it will join the league next year as a relocation of the Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings.
“New Orleans hospitality is world renowned and a perfect fit for the AFL,” AFL Commissioner Jerry Kurz stated. “We are thrilled to see the Voodoo back for 2011. We expect our 2010 television partner (the NFL Network) to be back for a 2011 nationally televised Arena Football Game of the Week and know that the Crescent City will shine when the Voodoo are part of those games.”
Louisiana businessman Dan Newman will work as the managing member of the ownership group for the Voodoo. He formerly was the owner of the BattleWings, and he was at the center of relocation efforts to bring arena football back to New Orleans.
“I’m a South Louisiana native and know the culture well,” Newman remarked. “I also know the love of football in New Orleans and know Voodoo fans have missed their team and want it back. The Voodoo was one of the strongest teams in the AFL, primarily because of its amazing local support.”
New Orleans Arena served as the host to Arena Bowl XXI and XXII, with both games drawing over 17,000 fans. As a team, the Voodoo also ranked towards the top of the list in AFL attendance for each season it competed.
“Our league saw first-hand in 2007 and 2008 just how hospitable and supportive New Orleans is as the Voodoo hosted the league championship week both years,” Newman continued. “Our goal is for the Arena Bowl to come back to New Orleans and for the Voodoo to be playing in the game.”
The Voodoo was originally founded in 2004 by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, and the City of New Orleans got its first taste of arena football from 1991-1992 when the Night called the Louisiana Superdome its home venue. The Voodoo played for two consecutive seasons to rather significant crowds before Hurricane Katrina caused a one-year hiatus in 2006. The team then returned in 2007 for another pair of years before the AFL closed its doors in 2008. After sitting out the return of the AFL this past season, Newman and the league then decided to bring the franchise back to the Big Easy.
For more information on the Voodoo, visit www.aflvoodoo.com.