Cincinnati Swarm Will Not Compete in 2004 Season
The Cincinnati Swarm of the arenafootball 2 (af2) will not compete in the upcoming af2 season. The agreement between the operator of U.S. Bank Arena and the Cincinnati Swarm of the af2 has been dissolved, effective January 27, 2004. Cincinnati Swarm officials notified the League that U.S. Bank Arena could not continue the relationship and that dates could not be made available to the team.
An agreement was formed in September of 2002 between Cincinnati Swarm, LLC (f/k/a Ohio Football Operations, LLC) and Arena Management Holdings LLC, to operate the af2 franchise and play their home games at U.S. Bank Arena. The unique relationship was an arrangement between the arena and the team with the arena responsible for sales and the team responsible for football operations. The Cincinnati Swarm completed their inaugural season at the Arena in 2003 finishing with a 7-9 record.
Despite the historical popularity of Arena Football in Cincinnati, the fan base did not develop sufficiently to allow the arrangement to continue and be financially viable. U.S. Bank Arena will continue its focus of bringing top-name entertainment to the Greater Cincinnati area.
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