December 16, 2008 - American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) - Erie Explosion
BALTIMORE, Maryland (December 16, 2008) - The American Indoor Football Association has approved the sale of the Erie RiverRats from Jeff Hauser to a local ownership group, headed by Jeff Plyler. The sale is effective immediately.
Plyler is a successful businessman, who is well established in the community. His business has roots in the Erie community going back to 1967. Also part of the ownership group are businessmen Bob Foltyn and Frank Herman.
The RiverRats transferred from Pittsburgh to Erie in early January of 2008, helping the AIFA to recapture a market which had responded positively to the league's product. The team reached the 2008 playoffs in the AIFA's North Division, proving to be one of the most competitive and exciting teams in the sport.
"The RiverRats have come a long way in a very short time," said AIFA co-founder John Morris. "Having local ownership is always an advantage, and this is an exceptional ownership group. This franchise is very well positioned to capture the imagination of Erie football fans."
The RiverRats play their home games at the Louis J. Tullio Arena, which has a capacity of 5,586 for indoor football. The arena also features five luxury suites, each with a seating capacity of twenty.