TUCSON, Ariz - It was a loud and energetic news conference just like the atmosphere of one of the Indoor Football League games.
"This is something new and different and is going to help fill the summer months," said Indoor Football League commissioner Mike Allshouse.
Allshouse is bringing his brand of football to Tucson with an expansion team that will begin play at the Tucson Convention Center in March. There will be seven home games. Majority owner Kevin Guy coaches the Arizona Rattlers, but he insists there is no conflict of interest.
"This is a family league and we're going to keep it that way," said Guy, who won the 2017 Indoor Football League championship with the Rattlers. "The only decision I'm going to make is hiring a coach."
Longtime Tucson sports teams general manager Mike Feder will serve as the team's executive director. He's seen the good and the not so good in Tucson teams.
"There are bad owners. There are bad operators. We're not going to be in that category," said Feder.
The management team plans to follow in the recent success of the Tucson Roadrunners and the Arizona Bowl. There is contest to name the team on its website.
"I'm going to enjoy the next few weeks watching the names come in," added Feder. "They'll be some crazy ones. I promise you that."
“To consistently serve our Guests (Ticket Holders), Partners (Sponsors), and our Homes (Teams Cities) with the highest level of professional indoor football, and to do so with integrity, affordability, and passion, both on the field and around the communities in which we play.”
The Indoor Football League was founded in 2008, and has just concluded its 10th season in 2018.
Tucson Convention Center Arena in downtown Tucson has been host to a variety of shows and events. TCC is operated by SMG. SMG is the “gold standard” in public facility management and they have the programs, systems and talent in place to ensure that all SMG-managed facilities run smoothly and every event they host feels like a celebration.
The Tucson Convention Center / Arena is host to more than 500,000 guests annually, and is home to the American Hockey League’s Tucson Roadrunners.
The team name and team colors have yet to be announced.
For more information visit www.tucsonindoorfootball.com or you can follow the team on Twitter at @tucsonindoorfb, Facebook at Tucson Indoor Football.