MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Iron on Monday officially became a member of Arena Football 1, a new league that will include at least 16 teams across the country.
The announcement was made Monday in Tulsa, Okla., which will be the headquarters of the new league. Jerry Kurz, who was the commissioner of the old af2 league, is the new commissioner.
The new league will incorporate various teams from the old Arena Football League, af2 and other indoor leagues.
"There has been arena football before," Kurz said. "It's been done well but not as good as it's going to be done this time."
The Iron last year played in af2. The new league will feature teams in small, medium and large markets.
"This is a great thing for arena football fans," said Jason Clark, the Iron's general manager. "We will bring elite arena football to Milwaukee."
Kurz said Monday that details of how the league will be organized will be announced in the coming weeks. Also, additional teams are expected to be added to the league next month.
Including Milwaukee, the initial 16 teams will be Arizona (Phoenix); Arkansas; Bossier-Shreveport, Central Valley (Fresno, Calif.); Chicago, Iowa, Jacksonville, Kentucky, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Spokane, Tennessee Valley (Alabama); Tri-Cities Washington; Tulsa; and Utah (Salt Lake City).
The Iron will play at the Bradley Center. The teams will begin training camp in March. The teams will likely play a 16-game season beginning in April, with playoffs scheduled in August of each season.
The Iron is expected to name a new coach soon to replace Gary Compton.