Pro indoor football planned for Redmond
The American West Football Conference has approved a brand new professional indoor franchise to be located in Central Oregon. The new AWFC team named the Oregon High Desert Storm will be brought to you by Platinum Events & Security LLC, an Idaho-based Limited Liability Corporation.
The AWFC and the Oregon High Desert Storm ownership are currently in discussions with the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, to eventually call the First Interstate Bank Center home for the 2021 season and beyond. The First Interstate Bank Center is a 4,000-seat indoor arena located in Redmond.
The High Desert Storm will be taking a grass roots approach to bring pro football to the High Desert area. While a number of upgrades will be necessary to the First Interstate Bank Center prior to play, a planned build out will accommodate the needs of a professional AWFC indoor football team.
The AWFC's first games were in 2019. Last year's spring season was canceled due to COVID-19. The league now includes the Idaho Horsemen, Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks, Yakima Canines and now the Oregon High Desert Storm. The league was formed by Chris Reynolds, owner of the Idaho franchise.
The AWFC and the High Desert Storm, in conjunction with Deschutes County Fair & Expo officials, are working on a plan to launch as part of the 2021 American West Football Conference season.
While the team plans to begin play for the 2021 season, due to unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AWFC may be forced to leave room to have its inaugural High Desert season in 2022 if necessary.
"Our goal is to build a community-based team, where the surrounding community can attend an affordable source of family friendly entertainment. We chose Central Oregon due to the great community and venue that appears to be a perfect fit for indoor football. We are excited to bring professional indoor football to this great community and look forward to beginning play as early as the 2021 season," said Reynolds, chairman of the AWFC.
The AWFC provides a platform for former collegiate athletes who have exhausted their college eligibility and fell short of an NFL/CFL/XFL opportunity to continue striving for that opportunity of reaching the next level.
The High Desert Storm will host their first tryout Nov. 21, 2020, at the Deschutes County Expo, located 3800 SW Airport Way, in Redmond. This will be a closed tryout and registration and times will be online only at www.oregonstorm.com. Additional Tryout dates and times will be announced soon.
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