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Arena Football League returning to Columbus this Spring

The AFL says the team will play its home games at Nationwide Arena.

The Arena Football League has announced that it is launching a team in Columbus that will begin play this Spring.

The AFL says the team will play its home games at Nationwide Arena.

“This is a banner day for the Arena Football League, with the return of one of the League’s most attractive markets that has proven to be comprised of loyal fans,” said Ron Jaworski, the AFL chairman of the executive committee. “We are going to deliver an AFL team that will immediately excite and draw in the people of Columbus.”

The Columbus Destroyers played in the AFL from 2004-08 averaging 14,000 per game.

“We’re very pleased to launch a team in a great market like Columbus,” said AFL Commissioner Randall Boe. “The League’s plan was to expand to six teams for the 2019 season, and the addition of the Columbus team accomplishes that goal. We’re looking forward to a great season of AFL football both in Columbus and across the League.”

The team name and coaching staff will be announced in the coming weeks.

The AFL will release its official 2019 schedule next week.

Season ticket plans are on sale now. To become a season ticket holder, fans may go to www.columbusafl.com and place a deposit.