MUSKEGON, MI (JUNE 18th 2015) – American Indoor Football Commissioner John Morris announced today that Terrence Williams has acquired the Muskegon market for an expansion team. The new team will be named for the entire region featuring the name Western Michigan. The final team name will be announced in the near future. The team expects to begin play in the 2016 season. The AIF has been working with Mr. Williams since 2014 on bringing this team into the league.
With the addition of Muskegon, MI, the AIF has expanded its great lakes regional foot print by having two Michigan teams, in addition to Chicago, Cleveland and Buffalo, easing the travel and enhancing the rivalries.
“We proudly welcome Terrence to the AIF,” said Commissioner John Morris. “This is a development that will elevate the AIF to new heights. The Great Lakes region is home to more than 19 million people, and we look forward to intense rivalries between Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago and now two Michigan teams that will captivate this great region.”
“I am excited to be able to bring indoor football back to West Michigan, where football is King.” Stated Mr. Williams, “Our goal is to compete for and win championships right out of the gate. The competition in the AIF is phenomenal, but we plan to be in the hunt right away.”
The team will play its home games in the LC Walker Arena. It is a beautiful 5,000 seat arena on the lakeshore of Muskegon. The goal is to provide an entertaining and family friendly environment. Western Michigan will plan to have games for the kids, special guest half-time performers, and a myriad other activities for the family to enjoy.
“We want the city to feel a sense of ownership, so we are going to allow our city to name the team and choose the team colors. This is truly their team!” said Terrence. “I am been blessed to have started a non-profit organization "The WV Foundation" that has awarded nearly $50,000 in college scholarships to high school students through the Muskegon All-Star Classic. The WVF uses sports as a vector toward higher education and community growth in West Michigan, and I'm excited for the launch of the arena team to be another step in growing the community.”
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