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Yard Dawgz drop out of AFL

The new Arena Football appears to be a little less stable than the old AFL in the early going, with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz the latest team to drop out of the league. To be fair, Oklahoma City is a fairly crowded sports marketplace, and the Yard Dawgz may have been a victim of numbers: with the NBA’s Oklahoma ... Read More »

Billings’ Rimrock Auto Arena to reopen in April; Outlaws fold

Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, heavily damaged by a tornado last summer, is slated to reopen April 15, as crews are rebuilding the roof and cleaning up the interior. It won’t be soon enough for the Billings Outlaws (IFL), as the team folded operations. To say the folding of the Outlaws is a surprise is an understatement: the team has ... Read More »

New Orleans VooDoo to return

After a three-year hiatus, the New Orleans VooDoo name is returning to the new AFL, as the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings are relocating to New Orleans Arena for the 2011 season. The new team will use the logos and claim the history of the previous New Orleans VooDoo, which was owned and managed by the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Otherwise, there ... Read More »

Initial cost estimates presented for Billings arena renovations

A rebuilding of Billing’s RimRock Auto Arena, heavily damaged by a tornado this summer, could cost as much as $15 million according to estimates presented to Yellowstone County Commissioners yesterday, but the final price tag is expected to be lower as the design is trimmed back. Estimates from CTA Architects (Billings) and Populous (Kansas City) was admittedly a high-end presentation, ... Read More »

Yellowstone County to rebuild Rimrock Auto Arena

Despite extensive damage from a tornado that saw the roof lifted off the place, Yellowstone County officials say they’ll launch a plan to rebuilt Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings. The tornado, which ripped through the area on June 20, took the roof off the 12,000-seat arena and caused extensive damage, to the point where officials were talking about tearing down ... Read More »

Tornado rips roof off Billing arena; damage is extensive

A tornado ripped the roof off Billings’ Rimrock Auto Arena Sunday, causing millions of dollars in damage and impacting next weekend’s playoff game for the IFL’s Billings Outlaws; officials will decide whether to inspect or demolish 35-year-old facility. UPDATE: We have a photo. It’s not pretty. Rimrock Auto Arena is located in the MetraPark fairgrounds site on the east side ... Read More »

Kansas City Brigade returns to AFL

Another former AFL team owner is re-entering the fold, as the Liken family announces the Kansas City Brigade will be joining the new Arena Football League for the 2011 season. The new AFL management must be doing something right; the Brigade is the third former AFL franchise to commit to the new AFL, as Kansas City joins Philadelphia and San ... Read More »

SaberCats returning to new AFL

The new Arena Football League has another old team returning to the new lineup, as the San Jose SaberCats will field a team in the 2011 season under the direction of the old ownership group. Fry’s Electronics Executive Vice President Kathryn J. Kolder and brothers John, Dave and Randy Fry are heading up the revived SaberCats, once regarded a model ... Read More »

Philadelphia Soul to return to AFL sans Bon Jovi

The Philadelphia Soul is returning to the Arena Football League for the 2011 season, but former owner Jon Bon Jovi won’t be part of the ownership group. Bon Jovi was an integral part of the Soul ownership during the team’s previous stint in the AFL, combining concerts with games and appearing on game-of-the-week telecasts. But he won’t be part of ... Read More »

Vipers to stay at State Farm Arena

After exploring other venues in the area, the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers have decided to spend the next two seasons at Hildalgo’s State Farm Arena. The Vipers had explored a lease at the McAllen Convention Center, but at the end of the day came up with a lease at State Farm Arena that was better than the previous lease. ... Read More »

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