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Lightning Suspend Day-To-Day Operations

January 21, 2010 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Stockton Lightning News Release

STOCKTON, Calif.- The Stockton Lightning has suspended day-to-day operations for the 2010 season effective immediately.

The Lightning will continue to research playing opportunities after the folding of the arenafootball2 league (af2) at the conclusion of the 2009 playing season. The largest indoor football league in the country, the Arena Football League (AFL), ceased operations at the conclusion of the 2008 season and recently the AFL and af2 have formed a new league for the 2010 season, Arena Football One.

Dan Chapman, president of the Stockton Lightning, released the following statement:

"It is with a great deal of disappointment that the Stockton Lightning have decided to suspend operations for the upcoming 2010 football season. With the transition of the AFL and af2 developing into the new "Arena Football One" league, the proposed "lower tier" that was initially outlined did not become a reality. Furthermore, we have determined that the business model for the "upper tier", which caters to larger markets, is not financially sustainable for our organization at this time. For these reasons, we feel as though we have no other viable options to play arena football this season"

Season ticket holders who had committed to the upcoming season will be refunded.

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