Nighthawks Join Indoor Football League

Nighthawks Join Indoor Football League

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks announced Tuesday morning they have joined the Indoor Football League for the 2015 season.

The IFL will consist of at least ten and as many as a dozen teams for the coming season, according to Commissioner Michael Allshouse, who was in attendance Tuesday at the Kay Yeager Coliseum.

The league currently has franchises in cities like Green Bay, Wisconsin, Billings, Montana and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as well as a team down the road in Plano.

The IFL is generally considered the top indoor league outside of the Arena Football League, which generally serves larger markets like Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Antonio.

Carnes and Allshouse both stressed the stability of the league as a crucial factor in the decision, citing the fact that the league has not had a team fail to finish a season since its debut season of 2008.

Carnes said average attendance in the league is around the 3,700 mark, which he hopes to exceed.

On the business front, he said the deal to play at the KYC is in the final legal review stage, and should be completed within the week, while he is close to filling out his front office staff and naming a head coach.

The team also announced IFL Director of Business Development Mike McCoy has joined its front office as an advisor to Carnes. McCoy previously was the General Manager of the successful Nebraska Danger franchise in the IFL.