The Arena League accepts their fifth team, the first northern city the league has placed a team in so far. The team will go by the Toledo Swamp Monsters.
The Swamp Monsters will be ran by the ownership group of the Michigan Stags and the Pittsburgh Force of the Spring Football League. The team will play all their home games at the Huntingdon Center, a 7,389-seat arena, the current home of the Toledo Walleye, a minor league hockey team.
The Ownership Group issued the following statement.
“When approached about an opportunity to join The Arena League there was no hesitation to get involved and the only market I wanted to bring a team to was Toledo, Ohio. The Glass City loves and supports their Walleye and Mud Hens with a passion that is unrivaled. When the city learned that they would be getting an AF2 team back in 2008 there was an excitement and buzz for another team for fans to embrace, but when the AFL folded and the opportunity for a team did as well there was general a sadness that hit Toledoans. As someone who grew up in the Toledo area I’m excited to bring an arena football team that the city can call its own. When branding the team I had several ideas and concepts that would connect to the city, but in the end the Swamp Monsters was the concept I kept coming back to. Northwest Ohio used to be a treacherous and unforgiving area known as the Black Swamp and what better way to honor the history and struggles it took to build up the area than to acknowledge the dangerous swamp that used to lurk and wait for travelers and settlers. Our team will too will wait in ambush at the Huntington Center for our opposition to strike quickly on offense and bring misery them on defense.”
The Arena League is set to be the premiere arena league around the world. The inaugural season will begin directly after the SFL Championship in August with 8 teams around the United States and Mexico.