Carolina Speed Downshifts for 2010

December 18, 2009 - American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) - Carolina Speed News Release

BALTIMORE, Maryland - The Carolina Speed indoor football team has decided not to participate in the 2010 AIFA season, but has announced its intentions to return to the league in 2011. The team also announced that it would play its future games at the Cabarrus Arena and Event Center in Concord, North Carolina, marking a return to the facility where the Speed began in 2007.

Speed management cited an inability to secure weekend arena dates in its decision to put the breaks on fielding a team in 2010. The Speed considered playing home games at multiple locations, but eventually decided that the long-term interest of the team and its fans would best be served by settling on a consistent home venue for their return.

"We are sorry to learn that the Carolina Speed will miss out on our 2010 season," said AIFA co-founder John Morris. "However, we rejoice in knowing that the team will be rejoining us in 2011. There are some great indoor football fans in North Carolina, and we want them to know that this league will do everything possible to assure that AIFA football returns following this coming season."

"We are pleased to have the American Indoor Football Association back," said Frank Lapsley, General Manager of the Cabarrus Arena. "My staff and I are once again looking forward to having AIFA football in Concord. The AIFA product was very well received here, and we expect that enthusiasm to continue and grow in 2011."

The AIFA will begin its fourth season in March of 2010. The league will hold its annual Kickoff Classic in Richmond, Virginia on January 23rd at the Richmond Colisem.

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