The upcoming Orlando Alliance of American Football team has secured a home venue, as a lease for University of Central Florida’s Spectrum Stadium has been approved.
The Alliance of American Football (AAF) is set to debut in February 2019 as a new spring professional football league with eight teams. Earlier this year, the league announced plans for an Orlando-based team, with Steve Spurrier set to be the club’s head coach.
It has been expected that UCF’s Spectrum Stadium will serve as the team’s home, and that plan is now official. On Wednesday, the university’s Board of Trustees approved an agreement that calls for the Orlando AAF team to play home games at Spectrum Stadium for three years. More from The Orlando Sentinel:
The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the rental agreement Wednesday after athletics director Danny White touted the money that could be made from the deal.
“I look at that stadium as an asset,” White said. “We should be trying to find more ways to generate revenue.”
The Orlando team, which will be part of the new Alliance of American Football, will play at least five games each season at the stadium on UCF’s campus for three years. The league will take on all game-day expenses, White told trustees.
Orlando will be one of eight teams competing in the AAF’s first season. Atlanta, Birmingham, and Memphis are among the other teams that will be based in the Southeast, while plans are also in place for teams in Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, and an Arizona-based club that will play at Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium.
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