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Arena Football is coming to Albany

September 29, 2004

Albany - All that is needed for arena football to come to Albany is the approval of the AF2 League of the sale of the Cape Fear Wildcats to former NBA owner Mike Storen who will move the team to south Georgia from Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Storen has had an agreement to buy the Wildcats from Robert "Roddy" Jones for some time but the terms of that sale were finally agreed to on Tuesday.

Storen will not discuss the terms of the sale but says a newspaper report in Fayetteville that part of the deal including buying the playing field from Fayetteville's Crown Center is not true.

 Storen says the city of Albany is shopping to buy an indoor football field from several possible locations for the Civic Center where Storen already has a lease agreement.

And now that he has found a team to play at the Civic Center, Storen knows he has plenty of work ahead in order for everything to be ready for the Wildcats to play in Albany next spring.

Mike Storen said "We are very excited that we are going to be able play in 2005 starting next April. Of course that means the pressure is on for a season ticket campaign and to do all things that need to be done in order to be ready to go."

Mike Storen says the team will be called South Georgia because the AF2 League already has a team in Albany, New York and it fits in with his plans to market the team throughout our region.

Storen expects the AF2 approvalthe sale and move of the Cape Fear Wildcats to Albany within the next two weeks.

posted at 6:45pm by roberth@walb.com

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