Indoor football team to return to Freedom Hall in 2013

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 6:46 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --The Kentucky Xtreme pro arena football team will play its inaugural season in 2013 at Freedom Hall.

The team was an idea formed by founder Victor Cole while he was deployed with the Air National Guard in Afghanistan.

With all the funds I had saved up from the deployments, I just made the dream come true,” Cole said.

Cole, 28, is a former Central High player who also played football at Kentucky State University.

Cole’s outdoor minor league team played in exhibition games in 2012 earning them a spot in the Continental Indoor Football League for 2013, but an indoor league previously failed in Louisville. The Louisville Fire folded in 2008 when the recession hit. Former part-owner Will Wolford explained the struggles.

“The difficult part is the sales and the marketing end of it. It's a tough sell,” Wolford said.

The Fire played in the Arena Football League two, which disbanded in 2009.

“The league that they were in, Arena Football League two, costs a whole lot more. You're talking $1 million to operate one season and we don’t pay nearly as much to do so,” Cole said.

The Kentucky Xtreme will play five games at home starting in February. Their only venue profit will be from ticket sales, so they have to fill the seats, but will fans go?

“Probably not just because it’s not going to be NFL quality,” Justin Jewell said.

“I think it would really raise the prospects of the city to have something like that,” Erran Huber said.

Wolford said something that is working in their favor is the depth of talent today.

“That was kind of difficult when we had the team years ago. We had a hard time getting the local guys to play for us. I think nowadays all kinds of them would do it,” Wolford said.

Season tickets are on sale now. The prices range from $35 to $105. The 2013 team tryouts will be held in Indianapolis on Sept. 22 and in Louisville on Oct. 6.

 

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