Nearly a decade has passed since the Quad City Steamwheelers played their final game at iWireless Center, but the future of Professional Indoor Football in Quad Cities made a huge step forward today. An ownership group with area roots announced today that the Quad City Steamwheelers will compete in the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) League for the 2018 season. The group is spearheaded by veteran Sports Executive Doug Bland, along with Bland’s longtime business partner Terry Dickerson and Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson. Both Bland and Nelson have strong ties to the region, as Bland was born and raised in Ottawa, IL, while Nelson spent his youth here in Quad Cities. Donnie Nelson is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Don Nelson whose NBA journey began as a standout player at Rock Island High.
“We are so excited to bringing professional indoor football back to Quad Cities” stated Bland. “The Quad City market was passionate about their Steamwheelers and now being able to bring the team back with a stable league like the CIF, is a perfect match”.
Donnie Nelson also commented on being part of the group to bring the Steamwheelers back. “I am thrilled to be part of the magic that helped launch players like Kurt Warner’s career, his speech in Canton was an inspiration to all of us born and raised in the Midwest. My hope is that we can give the Quad City fans football entertainment like its never experienced and help springboard the next Kurt Warner in the NFL” said Nelson.
The man Bland put in place to pilot the Steamwheelers is former Nebraska Husker and Baltimore Ravens running back Corey Ross. Ross has spent the last 3 seasons as the head coach of the Omaha Beef, where he led his team to the CIF Championship game this season where they came up short to the Texas Revolution.
The CIF consist of 14 teams, with 7 Northern teams and 7 Southern division teams. Sioux City, Western Michigan, Bloomington, IL, Bismarck, ND, Kansas City, MO, Omaha NE and the Steamwheelers will make up the North. The South will be made up of Frisco TX, Wichita, KS, Wichita Falls, TX, Amarillo TX, Albuquerque, NM, Salina KS and Dallas, TX.
Tickets for the Steamwheelers will go on sale later this fall once the league schedule is announced. Fans are encouraged to email their information, location desired and qty to Tickets@SteamwheelersFootball.com Orders will be logged in the order they received their email requests. See ticket pricing structure below.
Tryouts will also be announced this fall. Athletes are encouraged to submit their request to tryout via our Facebook page. www.Facebook.com/QCSteamwheelers
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