Arena Football is Coming to Atlantic City

The Arena Football League is expanding from four teams to five teams with a new club “down the shore.”

Atlantic City’s new squad doesn’t have a name yet, and you can get in on that action at the official website, but the plan is to have them begin playing at Boardwalk Hall this Spring.

Christian Hetrick at the Inquirer:

The league made the announcement after the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority board voted to authorize the agency to reach a deal for a team to play at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

The authority, which owns Boardwalk Hall, will make $500,000 in capital expenditures such as a turf field and field goal posts. The authority said it will not fund the operations of the team. The three-year deal is subject to final approval and execution of a license agreement.

The operations of the team will be funded by some the same people who currently own and operate the Soul.

Writes John George at the Philly Business Journal:

The new team will be operated by Trifecta Sports and Entertainment, which also operates the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul and Albany Empire.

The AFL has struggled in recent years and shrunk to four teams last season, its lowest number since its first year in 1987. Likewise, Atlantic City has been working in recent years to regain its economic footing – taking steps to diversify its economy and add more pillars, besides gaming, to the infrastructure of its tourism industry.

Trifecta is owned by a group of businessmen, many based in the Philadelphia region, consisting of Ron Jaworski, George Hearst III, Craig Spencer, Dan Nolan, Ed Swyer, Dick Vermeil, Marques Colston and Jahri Evans.

Let’s get some name ideas going for the team.

I like “Shoobies” personally.

A few more off the top of my head:

  • Atlantic City Manco and Mancos
  • Atlantic City Degenerate Gamblers
  • Atlantic City Parlay
  • Atlantic City Bankruptcy
  • Atlantic City Donald Trumps
  • Atlantic City CardSharks
  • Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies

On a serious note, nice to see the league bring in a new franchise after being put on life support these past few years.

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8 Responses

    1. They usually start sometime in mid-April with playoffs being late July into August. So, they’ll be able to attract weekend shore visitors for it.

  1. I wish them well but I don’t see it. I did follow the AFL for a few years but fell off which is basically what has happened to the fan base for this sport. IN 3 years the league will be gone. In 20, it will be the subject of great trivia questions.

  2. You haven’t lived if you haven’t sat behind the net and watch 50 plus year old tubby balding white trash fight for the balls that go into the first couple rows. I was at a game and this paunchy gem actually had his whole family there so they could hold all the balls he would rip away from anyone else around. .

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