Indiana Firebirds Join The NGL

by Kenya Johnson


Evansville, Indiana

JACKSONVILLE--  The National Gridiron League (NGL), America's premier spring football league, is proud to announce it has awarded an expansion team to the city of Evansville, Indiana. The team, which will be named the Indiana Firebirds, will be the League’s third announced franchise and play its home games at the stylish and state of art Ford Center.

“We could not be more overjoyed to welcome the Evansville market and the Indiana Firebirds to the National Gridiron League,” said NGL President Joe McClendon, III. “Evansville is one of the most beautiful and welcoming cities I have ever had the pleasure of visiting, the city sits on the Indiana and Kentucky border allowing us to expand the league brand into two really great states.”

A special event will take place later this summer to announce the team and brand in the city. For more information, visit nationalgridiron.com, fordcenter.com or visitevansville.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Facts About Evansville:

-Evansville is Indiana's third largest city

-A League of Their Own” Was Filmed Here Scenes at Dottie and Kit’s farm, Willie’s Suds Bucket, and Racine Bells Field were filmed in Evansville.

-A tourist destination, Evansville is home to Tropicana Evansville, the state's first casino.

-Situated on an oxbow in the Ohio River, the city is often referred to as the "Crescent Valley" or "River City". As a testament to Ohio's grandeur, early French explorers named it La Belle Rivière "The Beautiful River".

-The Evansville metropolitan area is home to 314,280 residents.

Facts About the Ford Center:

-The Ford Center is a multi-use indoor arena in downtown Evansville, Indiana with a maximum seating capacity of 11,000 (9,000 for indoor football).  It officially opened in November 2011 and is mainly used for basketball, ice hockey, and music concerts.

-The Ford Center was designed by Populous as a replacement for Roberts Municipal Stadium. The $127.5 million arena was approved by the City in December of 2008.