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GLIFL announces Wayne County Rumble

July 19, 2006 - Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) News Release

The Great Lakes Indoor Football League is proud of the fact that its teams have been very successful in markets that otherwise would not be able to enjoy the sport of indoor football. The league's tenth team, the Wayne County Rumble, continue that tradition, as they will kick off their 2007 season at the Alice Noble Ice Arena in Wooster, Ohio.

Rumble owner Ramone Davenport has extensive experience within the 50-yard game and beyond. After playing as a four-year starter at Muskingum College (New Concord, Ohio), he played for both the Roanoke and Cincinnati AF2 franchises. "This is where I want to be," said the Cincinnati native. "After playing, the natural progression was for me to work in a front office, and to expand that to owning a team. I'm excited about bringing indoor football to Wooster and Wayne County."

Davenport has already started the Rumble off on the right foot, stealing GLIFL Ownership Coordinator Sean Morley from the league office. Morley's GLIFL experience and other work experience will help him sell the Rumble within the Wayne County market, something Davenport knows will be challenging and exciting at the same time. "We know the key to success here is to get the community involved," he added. "If we don't get the community involved, the team will fail." To accomplish that, the team plans to be heavily involved within the entire county. Players and coaches will regularly be available for autograph sessions and other community outings. Furthermore, all Rumble practices are planned to be open to the public.

Alice Noble Ice Arena is a very new facility, but the 1,500-bleacher seat arena is only part of a whole complex that will be open for the 2008 season. "It may be a little tough this first year, but the brand new facility opening up right here makes it something that I simply couldn't turn down," noted the owner. Standing room only areas should raise capacity to 1,800 seats. The new arena will have a capacity of at least 3,000, putting it at the same level as the rest of the GLIFL.

The league is equally excited about the prospects of a team in Wooster. "Wooster fits right into our mix of cities," said GLIFL co-founder Eric Spitaleri. "The city is hungry for a professional sports team of its own, and Ramone will create a product that the fans of Wayne County will latch on to. This is another exciting day for the GLIFL."

The Rumble are selling sideline area season tickets for $90 and end-zone area season tickets for $60. Each season ticket purchase also gives fans a choice between a Wayne County Rumble Seat Cushion or a Rumble T-Shirt. The team's office and team shop located on Liberty Street in downtown Wooster will be open and fully operational by the beginning of next week.

The Great Lakes Indoor Football League is finishing its first season of exciting 7-on-7 indoor football with Great Lakes Bowl I. The Rochester Raiders and Port Huron Pirates are meeting for the third time this season, with the Pirates winning two of the most exciting games in GLIFL history to date. In addition to the game itself, the league will award the Vincent Cleveland Memorial Trophy to the league's Most Valuable Player in a pre-game ceremony. For more information on the GLIFL and its member franchises, please visit the GLIFL website at, or contact Director of Media Relations Josh Stein at

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