COLUMN: Reflecting On Arena Football In San Antonio
So its been 3 weeks since the Talons went dormant for the 2015 season, and its still hard to believe that its over. It was a great 3 years of exciting indoor football here in San Antonio and to know that it wont be back this upcoming season is pretty tough to accept.
What will we remember about the Talons in their 3 years in the alamo city?
When we first heard the Tulsa Talons were headed for San Antonio, this city just went nuts. This is a football driven city and has always had a support for the AFL. The first season in San Antonio could not have been better, with Aaron Garcia leading the Talons to a 14-4 mark and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The next year they went 10-8, missing the playoffs on a tiebreaker.
Then things went off the hook.
In January 2014 the Arena Football league took control of the Talons after owner David Lynd ran into financial issues. Despite that, and the 3-15 season that followed, the city still supported them. The Arena League got offers on ownership of the Talons from Armando Montelongo and the Spurs ownership group; and both times they said no. The Talons have since gone dormant for this season.
So when will Arena Football return to San Antonio? In a statement the league said they were in discussions with groups wanting to own a new San Antonio team in the future, and AFL commissioner Scott Buerta has said San Antonio is a great city for the AFL and efforts to get a team back to the Alamo City are underway, so thats good news.
But who would bring it back? There is a report that the Spurs are interested in bringing a team back to San Antonio, and the At&t Center can fit the AFL in once renovations there are done this summer.
Would they go back to playing at the Alamodome? Its unlikely the Raiders will move to San Antonio next NFL season, so theres a good chance that a new team could call the dome home.
While we get ready for the 28th season of Arena Football, its gonna be a strange one without San Antonio; but hopefully in the next 1-3 years the Arena League comes back to San Antonio, and actually stays this time.