The upcoming Alliance of American Football will place a team at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium, with an official announcement set for Friday.
Set to begin play in 2019, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) is a professional league that will run its season in the spring. Thus far, Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, and Salt Lake have all been announced as having teams in the league, and now Arizona is joining that group.
Sun Devil Stadium is located in Tempe, just east of Phoenix. That will position the AAF in a major market in the Southwest, while providing it with a venue that once hosted NFL action, as Sun Devil Stadium was home to the Arizona Cardinals from 1988-2005. Additional details about the Sun Devil Stadium-based team will be announced on Friday. More from The Arizona Republic:
A news conference on Friday in Tempe will also identify the head coach, with names as interesting as Rick Neuheisel and as far-fetched as Todd Graham being tossed around.
Fans will have to wait on team nicknames, however. Those, according to the league, will be announced within a few months.
ASU is in the midst of an ongoing renovation to Sun Devil Stadium, and has been aiming to bring more events to the facility. The addition of the AAF would seem to fit that agenda, as the league’s games would provide the venue with football action over the spring months.
The AAF will begin play next February with eight teams. Our own Jeff Goldberg previewed the AAF in a story last month.
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