The Steel made the move from the AIFA to the SIFL.
Team Will Debut in Southern Indoor Football League in 2011
The Trenton Steel has confirmed that a new ownership group is in place, with Fanteractive LLC taking over the formerly league operated expansion franchise. The team also announced a move from the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) to the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL), further showcasing a plan for the two leagues to work cohesively in the future.
“Trenton is a great sports city, and we feel that our brand of indoor football can be very successful here,” Fanteractive founder Andrew Bondarowicz stated. “We will be able to preserve regional rivalries and give the region an organization that it can be proud of. The SIFL has great leadership in Commissioner Gary Tufford and some exciting new initiatives that will be rolling out shortly.”
As part of this announcement, the Steel also made official that former Philadelphia Soul General Manager Rich Lisk will assume the same role with the team, as well as Frank Susino being hired as its Director of Business Operations.
“When I sat down with Andrew on our initial meeting, I knew I wanted to be a part of the new Steel,” Lisk remarked. “I share his passion and vision for the Steel, and we look forward to bringing Mercer County and the surrounding area the best affordable, family entertainment available. We have some exciting initiatives planned and expect this team to be a great advertisement for all the area has to offer.”
Susino comes to the Steel after spending the past few years operating the Bayshore Brawlers, which plays in the Great Eastern Football Association, and he led the team to multiple bowl appearances and league championships.
“This is a dream come true for me,” Susino stated. “Being from New Jersey and being involved in football my whole life, this is my dream. I look forward to working with Andrew and Rich to bring a championship team to Trenton, on and off the field.”
With the addition of Lisk and Susino, Bondarowicz feels the Steel will be in very good hands.
“There are no finer people to carry this team forward than Rich and Frank,” he commented. “Rich is one of the most prominent figures in Mercer County sports in the last 12 years and has a great track record of success. There are few people I have ever met that have such a passion for indoor football as Frank. Every great team starts with great leadership, and we definitely have that in Rich and Frank.”
The Steel will kick off for the first time in March of 2011, and the team will play its home contests at the Sun National Bank Center. For more information on the team or to purchase tickets, visit www.trentonsteel.com or call 609-656-3300.