Adrenaline Suspend 2009 Season
The ownership members of the Arizona Adrenaline Football Club, LLC ("The Adrenaline") have voted to suspend team operations for the upcoming 2009 season, and are pursuing options that will allow the Adrenaline to come back for the 2010 season and beyond.
The Adrenaline completed their 2008 inaugural season July of 2008, and played all their home games at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, AZ. The Adrenaline competed in the American Indoor Football Association ("AIFA"), and under the leadership of head coach Andrew Moore, finished the 2008 regular season with an 11-3 record and a co-west division championship, and secured a first round playoff appearance.
Team Co-Owner Wade Cunningham cited the current economic environment as a major stumbling block for the upcoming season. "In the current environment, businesses are struggling to stay open and corporate sponsor dollars are difficult to secure. In addition, an unusually large number of people locally are loosing their jobs and facing home foreclosure. As a result, many families are unable to afford tickets or attend our games" Cunningham stated.
Also, in an effort to recapitalize the team so that it may return for the 2010 season, the Adrenaline have had conversations with possible new partners, and have also considered selling the team to new ownership. "Our efforts have always been to keep the Adrenaline playing in the AIFA and at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley for all of our great football fans throughout Northern Arizona that supported us in our first season. We are hopeful that the economic environment will improve and our efforts to re-capitalize or sell the team will allow the Adrenaline to return for the 2010 football season and beyond." Cunningham said.
The AIFA and the Adrenaline are continuing to work together for a possible return of the team for the 2010 season. John Morris, AIFA President and Co-Owner stated, "The AIFA will continue to support the Adrenaline in every way that we can. We understand the owners had to make a difficult decision in light of the challenging economic circumstances not only throughout the country, but in the state of Arizona in particular. We are hopeful that the Adrenaline will be back and would welcome them for league play for the 2010 season."
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