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Indoor football returning to Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Fort Wayne will soon be home again to indoor football.

The Indiana Blue Bombers of the National Gridiron League have come to terms on a 3-year license agreement with the Memorial Coliseum, where the team will play 8 of regular season home games.

Indiana will begin its 16-game season in March as part of the NGL's Eastern Conference.

Fort Wayne has hosted indoor football before, including the Fort Wayne Freedom, the Fort Wayne Fusion and the Fort Wayne Firehawks. The sport has not been in the city since 2010, though.

The Blue Bombers will hope for more lasting success - and more fans.

The team has agreed to pay the Coliseum $2,500 per game in rent when they fail to draw 4,000 fans. The rent drops to $1,500 per game when attendance is between 4,000 and 5,000. The Coliseum won't charge rent if the team draws more than 5,000 fans, according to the agreement.

Former NFL defensive end Kelvin Kinney has been hired as head coach, and the team has signed notable players like former St. Francis wide receiver Austin Coleman and former Virginia Tech defensive end Seth Dooley, who Indiana drafted in the first round of the league draft this fall. Charles Dowdell of Indiana State will play quarterback.

The roster includes 14 players as of Thursday.


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