Arena football returns to Louisville with new name, owner


by Johnny Archer

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 2:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Arena football is back in Louisville after a five year hiatus, but this time they have a new budget, a new owner and a new name, the Kentucky Xtreme.

“We’re so excited to be back in Louisville,” said Kentucky Xtreme head coach Roy McMillen.

The team will compete in the Continental Indoor Football League against eight other teams and will have a 10 game regular season.

It was 2008 when the Louisville Fire played at Freedom Hall for seven seasons, only with a budget too high to sustain. Xtreme owner, Victor Cole, has confidence his new arena team will last much longer.

“We feel that our operating budget is not the same as the team before,” said Cole. “It’s a whole lot cheaper to sustain season to season here in town.”

Their operating budget is $200,000 per year, compared to the $1 million budget the Fire was paying between 2001 -2008. Cole says the team will travel less and will have a reduced number of people in management positions to reduce the overhead. He says it will take about 1,000 people to attend each game for the organization to break even this year.

A new team means new players who will be led by Coach Roy McMillen, a Louisville native and former assistant coach for the Fire.

“There’s talent in Louisville,” said McMillen. “That’s the fun part, building from scratch and having everybody I want in position. It’s a good opportunity.”

The Xtreme is looking for local talent to play on the team and will be holding tryouts October 6th at Freedom Hall.

The first game will be held February 17th at Freedom Hall.

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