NFL, MLB, CFL stats

AFL Commissioner David Baker comes to Austin

December 12, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Austin Wranglers News Release

In anticipation of the Arena Football League's 20th season, Commissioner David Baker will be in Austin on Wednesday, December 14, to help the Wranglers build the 20th Habitat for Humanity house in Austin this year.

WHAT: AFL Commissioner David Baker will visit Austin to build a Habitat for Humanity house

WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Habitat for Humanity home is located at 1125 Eleanor Street

Commissioner David Baker will guide the Arena Football League through its 20th season, which begins January 27th when the Austin Wranglers host the Las Vegas Gladiators. Baker began his tenure as the Commissioner in November of 1996 and has been vital in expanding the league from 14 to 18 teams, migrated numerous teams from small- and medium-sized markets to larger ones, increased team values from $400,000 to nearly $20 million, entered into an innovative network-television agreement with NBC Sports, created a developmental league - arenafootball2 (af2) - and improved the quality and commitment of AFL ownership by incorporating numerous NFL, NBA and NHL owners. In 2005, more than 1.7 million fans attended AFL games, averaging nearly 13,000 per game. AFL attendance has grown 41 percent since 2001. The AFL will also unveil an Arena Football video game from EA Sports in February.

Wranglers Select-A-Seat Event

In addition to Commissioner Baker's visit, the Wranglers will conclude the day with a Select-A-Seat event for fans at the Frank Erwin Center. This event, which is scheduled from 4-7 p.m., on Wednesday, will give Wranglers customers an opportunity to choose their specific seats for all eight Wranglers home games. On hand will be ticket representatives, Lady Wranglers cheerleaders and the Wranglers mascot "Red-Eye."

• Discuss this story on the Arena Football League (1987-2008) message board...

Arena Football League (1987-2008) Stories from December 12, 2005

The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.

Other Recent Austin Wranglers Stories

Sports Statistics from the Stats Crew