Professional indoor football coming to an arena near you
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Professional indoor football fans in Tri-Cities have been without a team since the Tri-Cities Fever ended their run in 2016, but that’s about to change.
“There was a void that needed to be filled here,” said Kinshasa Martin, owner of the new Tri-Cities Fire indoor team that kicks off its season in March.
The Fire will call the Toyota Center home and play in the recently-formed AWFC – American West Football Conference. The league consists of four other teams from Wenatchee; Reno, Nevada; Nampa, Idaho, and Sacramento, California.
Martin says he wants the games to have a “professional, college feel” – enthusiastic fans and competitive play. He also wants to keep tickets affordable and the organization family-friendly and personable.
Head Coach Warren Reynolds, a Washington state native, spent time playing overseas in Europe before taking on the role of head coach. He also has nine cousins that have played professional football.
“I don’t like losing,” he said. “I’m here to bring a championship, but I do want players to respect the community and be a part of the community.”
So far, five players have signed a letter of intent and three of them are local residents. 30 to 40 athletes have been showing up to the tryouts, but the team is still looking for more interested athletes.
The final tryout will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Toyota Center. Doors open at 10 a.m. and play starts at 11 a.m.
Though the Tri-Cities Fever franchise had to close down due to finances, Martin and Reynolds said this team and league will be different. One of the ways they will be able to keep costs down is due to the location of the opposing teams – travel fees won’t be as high since all of the teams in the AWFC are on the West Coast.
“Our goal is to be a permanent entity in Tri-Cities,” said Martin.
The Fire’s first game will be March 23 in Sacramento against the Spartans. The first home game is March 30.
The organization is offering an “Inferno Membership” through Monday at 9 a.m. – two seats for two years for $250.
For more information on the team, click here.