AF2 Checks Out Yakima for Expansion Team
YAKIMA, Wash - "I know for a fact they would love it," says Arena Football 2 representative and Spokane Shock owner Brady Nelson. Today Nelson was in Yakima scoping out the area as a possible site for an expansion team in the AF2 league. "We're looking to expand the league to34-36 teams this year in the league. It's both an opportunity for a team to move or for a new franchise."
There are four other teams in close proximity to Yakima (Everett, Boise, Spokane and Tri-Cities) but Nelson says that's not a detractor, it's actually a very big positive! "There's a lot of interest in the area because of the four other teams and their ability to draw big crowds."
Tri-Cities Fever General Manager Randy Schillinger is also very in favor of the idea. "I think it could become the biggest rivalry in the Northwest." Schillinger's team made the move to the AF2 this year from the shaky National Indoor Football League. "From an ownership standpoint, the AF2 is more expensive but it's a better league. The community will suport it. Moving from the N.I.F.L is the best decision we've ever made."
Nelson and his crew have two months to look over the Sun Dome and talk with business owners and people in Yakima to decide whether a team would work in the city. However Nelson says he's confident that the league will approve the team site as early as next week. Nelson also says, if approved and purchased, a team in Yakima would start as early as the 2008 season.