Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Miscellaneous > Sports Dimension


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Bills Bills
August 16th, 2014, 7:30pmET

CBS
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-19-2010, 09:30 PM   #1
supa_fly_steeler
Banned
 

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: They call me bruce wayne batman cape crusader
Posts: 3,647
Gender: Male
Member Number: 15332
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh

Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh
By Karen Price, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Buzz Up!

The Arena Football League is rebooting in April, and new commissioner Jerry Kurz said Wednesday he's confident Pittsburgh will be part of a planned 2011 expansion.

"It's pretty far along (in the process)," Kurz said. "We're hoping for them to be a 2011 team, but there are a lot of things it depends on, building availability, things like that. ... But it is a place we will be."

Kurz declined to name the ownership group the AFL is in talks with, but confirmed that it is not the Penguins.

"We've had two groups apply, but only one serious group, and it's a well-known local business family that has expressed interest before," Kurz said.

Part of the reason Kurz is so secure in saying a team will play in Pittsburgh is because of the anticipated opening of the Consol Energy Center. Kurz said it wouldn't make sense to have a new building not being used as much as it should.

Yet, Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan said the hockey team, which owns the building and would lease the space to any other teams that played there, has not been contacted by anyone involved with the Arena Football League.

"With the new arena, we're obviously looking to bring lots of new and different events to Pittsburgh, so if there's an owner who wanted to talk to us, we'd certainly talk to them," McMillan said. "But we haven't heard from anyone at this point."

Pittsburgh hasn't had an arena football team since 1990, when the Gladiators moved to Tampa after four years at the Civic Arena. The Gladiators were one of the league's original four teams.

The AFL will return after folding in December 2008. The league will begin play in April with a 16-game schedule and 15 teams from both the former AFL and arenafootball2, with plans to expand in 2011 to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Southern California and Denver.

This isn't the first time there's been talk of an AFL revival in Pittsburgh.

Steve Greenberg, former Pirates vice president and current professor of sports marketing at Duquesne, said that with the city's appetite for football and the opening of the Consol Energy Center, an AFL franchise could be successful.

"For any team playing in a new facility, I think there's a benefit," he said. "People will want to go see the hockey team play, but people will also go to see football, especially if they won't have the availability for hockey tickets. The new facility will be a draw as well as the sport itself."

Former Penguins president Tom Rooney, a first cousin to the Steelers' Rooney family, said he does not believe the local NFL team is involved with any potential AFL ownership group. But he also isn't surprised that talk of playing in Pittsburgh has resurfaced.

"It did very well for a short time here," Rooney said. "You know how football-crazy Pittsburgh is. It could be successful."

More Steelers headlines
  • Steelers sign pair of players for defense
  • Steelers complete staff with WR coach
  • Steelers find new wide receivers coach
  • Tagging NT option for Steelers
  • Steelers GM Kevin Colbert's take
  • Harris: NFL owners figure to win labor fight
  • Goodell gets new contract until March 2015

Subscribe to the Tribune-Review today
supa_fly_steeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2010, 09:36 PM   #2
Nadroj 20
Team President
 
Nadroj 20's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,027
Gender: Male
Member Number: 14045
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh needs an NBA team not another football team
Nadroj 20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2010, 09:38 PM   #3
Chidi29
Starter
 
Chidi29's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 479
Gender: Male
Member Number: 15832
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh seems like a very logical place for an AFL team. While it'll be tough to compete with the major sports teams, it is a stable market. That's what the AFL has to be looking for considering they went under because of financial problems.
__________________
C:\GLB\Bailey.jpg
If irony was made out of strawberries, we'd all be drinking smoothies.
"Take a step forward lads - it'll be easier that way." Robert Childers
Chidi29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2010, 09:39 PM   #4
Chidi29
Starter
 
Chidi29's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 479
Gender: Male
Member Number: 15832
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nadroj 20 View Post
Pittsburgh needs an NBA team not another football team
Anyone remember the Piittsburgh Xplosion? They still around? Remember they had Kevin Pittsnogle. Hated when Pitt had to play him, but loved that he was with the Xplosion.
__________________
C:\GLB\Bailey.jpg
If irony was made out of strawberries, we'd all be drinking smoothies.
"Take a step forward lads - it'll be easier that way." Robert Childers
Chidi29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2010, 09:45 PM   #5
Nadroj 20
Team President
 
Nadroj 20's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,027
Gender: Male
Member Number: 14045
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chidi29 View Post
Anyone remember the Piittsburgh Xplosion? They still around? Remember they had Kevin Pittsnogle. Hated when Pitt had to play him, but loved that he was with the Xplosion.
I actually think i know what your talking about, almost like minor league basketball wasnt it? lol

I REALLY know what your talking about with pissnogle in college though he always played well against pitt
Nadroj 20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2010, 10:24 PM   #6
NEPAsteeler
Assistant Coach
 

Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,286
Member Number: 11528
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh

(Haven't been on here in awhile... it's good to be back. anyways...)

I think it'd be pretty cool for Pittsburgh to get an AFL team. I was a season ticket holder for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers minor league AFL team before they ceased to exist after last year. Just another Pittsburgh team to cheer on!
NEPAsteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2010, 11:35 PM   #7
JackHammer
Assistant Coach
 
JackHammer's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: The Steel Valley
Posts: 1,017
Gender: Male
Member Number: 5640
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh

I'd get season tickets. No doubt.
JackHammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2010, 03:04 PM   #8
SteelCityMan786
SF's Youngest Legend
 

Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Hollidaysburg PA
Posts: 19,587
Gender: Male
Member Number: 541
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh

I'd go see this team. It would be nice to have a reason to believe one team that starts the year in April could compete for titles year after year.
__________________

786 Ways To Score Touchdowns
SteelCityMan786 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2010, 05:35 PM   #9
AllD
Team Owner
 

Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,586
Member Number: 11931
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh

They would also need a rival located in Ohio.
__________________
ALL DEFENSE!!!
AllD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2010, 06:08 PM   #10
Cinnjerm
Draft Prospect
 

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 73
Gender: Male
Member Number: 15785
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh

This would be cool, but like someone else indicated before, I'd rather see an NBA expansion into Pittsburgh.
Cinnjerm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts