Batesville, MS – American Indoor Football (AIF) is excited to announce the newest addition to its league, the MS Raiders. This exciting development signifies a new chapter in the AIF's journey, bringing electrifying indoor football action to the heart of Batesville, Mississippi, and beyond.
John Morris, AIF Commissioner, expressed his enthusiasm for the league's growth and the addition of the MS Raiders: "We are thrilled to welcome the MS Raiders to the AIF family. This expansion not only strengthens our league but also opens up exciting opportunities for fans in Batesville to experience the high-energy indoor football that AIF is known for."
The entrance of the MS Raiders and 262 Sports Investment Group in the AIF not only ushers in a new era of sports but also fosters a profound sense of unity within the local community. With a shared passion for football and the promise of thrilling matches at the Batesville Civic Center, fans in Batesville can eagerly anticipate an unforgettable season.
262 Sports Investment Group shared their excitement about the partnership: "Joining the American Indoor Football league is huge for the MS Raiders. We are committed to delivering an exceptional football experience for our fans and creating a strong bond with the community. Together with the AIF, we are ready to make history."
The Director of Operations for the AIF, Larry Clark: "The AIF is dedicated to providing top-notch entertainment through indoor football, and we believe that the MS Raiders, under the leadership of 262 Sports Investment Group, will be a fantastic addition to our league. We look forward to working closely with the Batesville community and delivering thrilling football action to fans."
Jesse Heninger, Director of Marketing for the AIF, added his perspective on this exciting development: "The addition of the MS Raiders, Batesville to the AIF is a testament to our league's dedication to bringing the excitement of indoor football to communities nationwide. We are confident that the Batesville community will embrace this new team, and we are committed to promoting and growing the AIF brand."
Games for the MS Raiders will be played at the Batesville Civic Center, a venue that holds immense significance for the local community. City leaders have been actively involved and are pleased to bring the Raiders to Batesville, strengthening the community's ties with sports and entertainment.
Eddie Strong, Assistant Vice President of football operations for the Raiders, brings his enthusiasm to the forefront: "Everyone knows the city of Batesville produces exceptional athletes. The talent and skill level in our town is unmatched. This is why American Indoor Football is a wonderful opportunity for Batesville. The league will give us yet another opportunity to showcase local and other talents, as well as put revenue back into our city." Strong continued, "The opportunity to recruit and bring talent to the team is exciting. I look forward to filling the seats and creating a vibrant sports community here in Batesville.”
The MS Raiders entrance into the AIF brings not only sports but also a sense of unity to the local community. With a shared passion for football and the promise of exciting games ahead at the Batesville Civic Center, fans in Batesville can look forward to an unforgettable season. Situated right off Interstate 55 and Highway 6/278, the Civic Center offers convenient access for fans. The team is scheduled to play up to five regular-season home games, with the exciting potential of hosting playoff and championship games.
Myra Bean, MS Raiders Sportswriter and Assistant Sales and Marketing, offered her insights on this transition: "The MS Raiders, a professional arena football team, spent their first three years playing in South Mississippi. 262 Sports Investment Group made the decision to bring a professional sports team to the north MS area. This is great for this area. I am excited how Batesville has historically been open to welcoming professional-level events and sports to the city. We are not as big as Hattiesburg, Jackson, or Tupelo, but we draw people on the national level."
Bean emphasizes the distinction of professional sports productions compared to high school and college sports in the region: "What goes into getting this team here and getting it prepared for the season in April 2024 will take a lot of sacrifice and work from the team behind the scenes. Game day and night will require a lot of bodies which will bring job opportunities, according to Strong."
The AIF looks forward to a successful partnership with the MS Raiders and anticipates a thrilling season of indoor football action ahead. Stay tuned for updates and announcements as we prepare for an exciting journey together.
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About American Indoor Football (AIF)
The American Indoor Football (AIF) league is dedicated to providing high-quality indoor football entertainment to fans across the United States. With a focus on competitiveness, sportsmanship, and community engagement, the AIF continues to grow and expand its reach, bringing the excitement of indoor football to communities nationwide.
About MS Raiders
The MS Raiders are a professional indoor football team based in Batesville, Mississippi. Founded by 262 Sports Investment Group, the team is committed to delivering thrilling football action and creating a strong connection with the local community. The Raiders are poised to make their mark in the American Indoor Football (AIF) league.