Arizona Rattlers Press Release
Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers announced today that they will be moving from the Arena Football League (AFL) to the Indoor Football League (IFL) for the 2017 season.
The Rattlers played their first season in the AFL in 1992, and had spent 24 seasons in that league. Arizona will celebrate their 25th season as a newcomer to the IFL.
“We are excited about competing in the IFL,” said Shurts. “Our loyal fan base and the Rattlers brand have always been my number one concern. This change affords our fans an opportunity to enjoy many more years of success and allows the Rattlers brand to continue to grow.”
In the 24 seasons in the AFL, the Rattlers have amassed the most wins (279 wins), the most ArenaBowl appearances (ten appearances) and the most championships (five championships) than any other team. Arizona will strive to bring the same success and commitment to excellence to the IFL.
The Arizona Rattlers will continue to play at the Talking Stick Resort Arena located in downtown Phoenix, and General Manager and Head Coach Kevin Guy will continue to lead the team.
“We are excited about our new opportunity in the IFL and looking forward to a great partnership,” Guy said. “The Rattlers are committed to putting a first-class product on the field. We have a lot of work to do before training camp starts. Every league has different rules and nuances and we will adjust accordingly. As a coaching staff, we welcome the new challenge. Recruiting is our number one priority as it is every year. Our main focus will be identifying, developing, and branding the product. We are very happy that Rattler Nation will have the opportunity to continue enjoying the Rattler brand.”
The Rattlers will join the Iowa Barnstormers and the Spokane Empire (formally the Spokane Shock), who have also left the AFL for the IFL.
“We get to renew some old rivalries and start some new ones,” Said Guy. “There are a lot of great coaches in the league and I have a lot of respect for them.”
For more information, head to azrattlers.com.