The team will play its home games at the brand new Consol Energy Center (Consol Energy being an energy company, which helps explain the name ... Power ... energy ... get it?), while its colors will be black and gold. The color scheme will of course match the other two professional sports franchises in Pittsburgh -- the Steelers and Penguins -- as well as the collection of minor leaguers known as the Pirates. There were rumors floating around on Thursday that the team was going to be known the "River Wizards," which would have been a disappointment to everyone, outside of maybe the pot-smoking community.
Along with giving us all of the details (they're also looking for dancers) they also kicked off their first advertising campaign: "And it's on."
Get excited. Of course, I have to admit, as a resident of southwestern Pennsylvania I am definitely intrigued and will give this thing a shot; I'm just not sure how well it will work. Pittsburgh is, of course, a great football city, but the Arena League has been here before (The Gladiators were an original franchise, playing between 1987 and 1990 before moving to Tampa) and didn't last all that long. Granted, the league has grown since then and is quite a bit more relevant, at least compared to what it was over 20 years ago. Beyond that, Pittsburgh fans love their smash-mouth, three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense, and the AFL is anything but that. The running back position might as well not even exist.
Still, I'm intrigued.
Along with Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Jose and Kansas City will also be getting new franchises for the upcoming season (Philadelphia and San Jose previously had teams prior to the cancellation of the 2009 season.