Arena football is coming to Tucson.
On Tuesday, the Rio Nuevo board unanimously approved spending $400,000 for equipment needed to convert the Tucson Convention Center’s arena into an indoor football stadium. Tucson’s new arena football team will begin playing next spring, hosting seven home games.
Arizona Rattlers coach and general manager Kevin Guy is spearheading Tucson’s expansion efforts. He has not yet signed a least with the city, and it remains unclear which league Tucson will play in, what the team’s name will be or whether the move will affect the Rattlers or Guy’s position with the club. The Rattlers currently play in the Indoor Football League after competing for decades in the Arena Football League; a third league, Champions Indoor Football, has teams in Albuquerque and throughout Texas.