KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The new era of Tri-Cities Fever football officially begins Monday as the Fever open their season at Fairbanks.
The Fever are hoping that this season the team can bring the fans back after a rough season last year.
Head Coach Adam Shackleford says he knows the process won't happen right away but he hopes as the team wins, more fans will come back.
Shackleford was 49 and 8 in three seasons with the Spokane Shock and he will try to bring that same attitude to the Fever.
"I've kind of talked to a lot of fans and kind of got a feeling that first, we need to establish that we are going to be good people on and off the field," said Shackleford. "We're going to win football games and give them a reason to come back and watch good football. Fixing those kinds of problems doesn't happen overnight but we have a good coaching staff, a tremendous group of players, and our ownership has been impeccable. We feel like the tools are in place to get this thing turned around."