By Toph Kopchak
Head of AFL Coverage
Now we can focus on getting some players!
Football is pretty much a year around sport in Columbus, Ohio once again because the Destroyers are back! As you can see, the colors are a little different from the red, white, and blue days of Destroyers past. Personally, I think it's a sharp look.
As of today, 700 season tickets have been locked up. A very impressive number, mostly because outside the reporting circles, there is still not a ton of buzz going around about the Arena Football League. A lot of hardcore football fans in the area still thought their leg was being pulled when I or someone else would throw out an update. However, with the hiring of former Cleveland Gladiators Defensive Back Columbus local and Otterbein alumni Dominic Jones being named Director of Football Operations, things are looking good. All the Columbus news outlets reported on the team today and their coverage has only picked up the last couple of weeks. Seeing this, it gives me strong belief they can get near 5,000 season tickets holders this season. Yeah, that's a strong number, but, that's only a third of the fans that came to most of their games from 2004-08 when they were here before. The video of this morning's press conference has already been seen by 11,000 fans. There's some buzz.
Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy who lead Columbus to Arena Bowl XXI even took the time to make a video message that went up on the big screen inside Nationwide Arena.
Smart decisions are being made and people care. It's good to have spring football back in The Buckeye state. It's good to have arena ball back again. Go Destroyers, you have been missed.