Hey, Seahawks, you’re not the only pro football team around here. Pigskin fans in Spokane and Portland know that.
Beginning this spring, the Arena Football League welcomes two new West Coast teams to its National Conference – the Los Angeles Kiss (co-owned by rocker Gene Simmons), and a still-unnamed Portland team that will play in Moda Center, formerly the Rose Garden.
Portland and L.A. will battle the Spokane Shock, which lost a close conference championship game Aug. 10 to the league champion Arizona Rattlers, 65-57. The Shock joined the AFL in 2006 and regularly packs more than 9,400 fans into home games at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
The AFL was founded in 1987 and fields 14 teams across the U.S. It features high-scoring indoor games between teams of eight players who compete on a padded-turf field measuring 50 yards long by 28 yards wide, with end zones 8 yards deep. Read more about the AFL and its league realignment.