The historic Rattlers organization brings almost 25 years of indoor/arena football experience and a winning pedigree to the IFL. Since the team's establishment in 1992, the Rattlers organization has won ten division titles and has appeared in ten championship games, winning five.
The Rattlers will compete as new members in the IFL 2017 season. The team will continue to compete in Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, AZ.
"We are excited about competing in the IFL," said Rattler Owner Ron 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."
"Today is a tremendous day in the history of the IFL," said IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. " We are glad to welcome one of the preeminent indoor football organizations in the country to the IFL. The Arizona Rattlers organization has prided itself in continued success, both on and off the field, for nearly a quarter century. This longevity is a testament to the quality of their organization and their passionate fanbase."
"We are excited about our new opportunity in the Indoor Football League and looking forward to a great partnership," stated Rattlers Head Coach Kevin Guy. "We get to renew some old rivalries and start some new ones. The Rattlers are committed to putting a first-class product on the field. As a coaching staff, we welcome the new challenge. We are very happy that Rattler Nation will have the opportunity to continue enjoying the Rattler brand!
With the inclusion of the Rattlers organization, the IFL continues to prepare the 2017 schedule and it will be released in the coming week.
ABOUT THE ARIZONA RATTLERS:
The Arizona Rattlers are a professional indoor football team based in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1992 and finishing their 24th season of play in 2016, the Rattlers are one of the most successful organizations in all of indoor football. Arizona plays all of their games at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Rattlers are five time champions of the ArenaBowl winning in 1994,1997, 2012,2013 and 2014. For more information about the Arizona Rattler, log onto Azrattlers.com or call the Rattlers Front Office at (604) 514-TDTD
ABOUT THE IFL:
The Indoor Football League (IFL) will begin its ninth season of play in the spring of 2017. The IFL was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. Its teams are located from Spokane, Washington to Green Bay, Wisconsin. For more information about all things IFL, please log on to www.goifl.com or call the league office at (804) 643-7277