A press conference was held today at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall to officially introduce the Arena Football League's new franchise to the city.
AFL Commissioner Randall Boe, Trifect Sports President George Manias and Trifecta Sports Co-Owner and AFL Executive Committee Chairman Ron Jaworkski were all on hand. Each spoke about the team and their expectations moving forward, with Jaworski's infectious energy leading the charge.
"This really is a special day. The highest brand of indoor football in the world is going to be here in Atlantic City. It's going to be a phenomenal, exciting time here," Jaworski said.
He went on to explain why in his eyes Atlantic City was the right spot for the new team.
"People asked me why Atlantic City? Why Boardwalk Hall? First of all, I live about 30 miles from here and I've always seen Boardwalk Hall as a perfect venue for an Arena Football League franchise."
While the official name for the team that will call Atlantic City home has still not been announced, the team head coach Ron James was officially introduced and briefly spoke to the crowd. James is no stranger to AFL coaching, throughout his more than 30 year career he has been head coach of the Utah Blaze, the Pittsburgh Power, the Portland Steel, the Tampa Bay Storm and the Las Vegas Gladiators.
"The way I spell fun is W-I-N," James said, getting a cheer from the crowd.
"I was a football coach in Las Vegas and now in Atlantic City. How much better does it get?"
The Atlantic City team will also have its own dance team as well as a junior dance team, each will be coached by Nicole Stephens, a local dance professional who was featured last November at A.C. Weekly's Dancing Under the Atlantic City Stars event.
The still unnamed team's season will kick off on the road against the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday, April 27, and will host its first home game Saturday, May 4. at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.
For tickets, contact the Atlantic City AFL sales department at (609) 783-9494 or go to AtlanticCityAFL.com.