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May 4, 2010

NEW - Upstart indoor football league says it will bring team to Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — The Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) announced today that Johnstown is the first expansion market for the 2011 season.

The Johnstown team will play seven regular season home games at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

The UIFL, based in Canton, Ohio, will begin play in early 2011 and will be announcing teams during the next few weeks. For more information about the UIFL visit www.theuifl.com.

Tim Landis, general manager of the War Memorial, said SMG - which manages the arena - was excited about bringing football back to the War Memorial.

“The UIFL is an excellent opportunity for SMG to continue to provide quality entertainment for the community,” Landis said in a release.

The last indoor football team to call Johnstown home - the Riverhawks of the American Indoor Football League - suspended operations in 2008.

“We are excited to bring arena football back to Johnstown,” UIFL Co-Founder Michael Taylor said. “SMG has been great to work with, and we both share the same enthusiasm to make the UIFL work in Johnstown. The UIFL business model was created to help keep cost down for team owners, so they can be in business for long term success. We strive to be the most fan-friendly professional sports league in the country.”

According to the UIFL Web site, the 2011 schedule will be announced in November.

The Johnstown team is holding a name-the-team contest. People who submit the winning name will get a free ticket to the home opener, and one lucky winner will be selected and win season tickets.

To suggest a name, www.theuifl.com.

A local press conference will be held at a later date to formally announce the team, logo, ownership group, ticket pricing, and other details.

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