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Youngstown, Ohio, awarded expansion team for 2007

May 15, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

CHICAGO - The af2 Board of Directors approved an application from Insight Entertainment, LLC for an expansion arenafootball2 team in Youngstown, Ohio, the League office announced today.

"We have the utmost confidence in this operating group's commitment to run a top-notch organization both on and off the field for many years," said af2 President Jerry Kurz. "And we're excited to be able to bring the total entertainment experience of Arena Football to the Mahoning Valley."

The team will be called the Mahoning Valley Thunder and will play its home games at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown beginning in April of 2007.

"The af2 is a perfect fit for Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley," said Thunder co-operator Dr. Jon Saady. ""We're very excited to bring professional football to our Valley to continue our great football tradition."

The Mahoning Valley Thunder's team colors are stormy shades of blue, silver and black and its logo features a muscular Thor - mythology's god of thunder, war and strength - with powerful hammer raised.

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