AF2 Officials Looking at Yakima for Expansion TeamPosted: Updated:
Brady Nelson, a member of the league's Executive Committee will spend the day in Yakima on behalf of the league. Nelson is also the majority owner of the Spokane Shock, a second-year member of the af2. The visit will include a tour of the Yakima Valley SunDome and discussions with its administration, as well as visits with potential sponsors and interviews with local media. Through this visit, the league hopes to determine the feasibility of Arena Football in Yakima.
The af2 already includes three teams in Washington: the Shock, the Tri-Cities Fever, and the Everett Hawks. Three more teams in California-Stockton, Fresno, and Bakersfield-and one in Boise, ID round out the league's Western Division.
According to Nelson, the Shock has been a phenomenal success, averaging more than 10,000 fans per games over its first two seasons. The team concluded its first season by winning the af2's ArenaCup Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico last August.
"Arena Football has really taken Spokane by storm," explained Nelson. "The city has embraced this sport beyond our expectations."
"We think Yakima has the potential to be a great fit in our league and we believe that Arena Football would be great for the Yakima area," said Nelson. "But the league needs to make sure that the team would get the support it needs before it can move forward. We're going to take a close look see what we find."