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Youngstown Thunder af2 football team folds

Published: Wed, September 9, 2009 @ 12:15 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN —With “heartfelt regret” officials of the Thunder af2 football organization announced they it will suspend operations indefinitely effective today.

“We would like to share our deepest thanks and appreciation to those loyal fans and corporate partners that offered their support throughout the past three seasons, as well as the dedicated staff of professionals within the Thunder Organization, the Thunder Foundation, the Covelli Centre, the City of Youngstown and the af2,” Thunder officials said in a prepared statement released to the media.

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1valleyred(1102 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I can't say it is a surprise. This thing was destined to fail with the ticket prices the way they were. It is not the owners fault, they had no choice but to charge those high prices to just come close to breaking even.

Perhaps one day we will see AF2 ball return to Youngstown.

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2MVP(67 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

This really is a shame. The owners of this franchise invested more than just their money into this venture. The fans just didn't turn out! I've heard a lot of people say they didn't go because they lost so many games and due to the bad economy but I believe if you really want to support the LOCAL economy, you go and enjoy yourself and support your local businesses/teams.

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3AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

The ticket prices were ridiculous, that is why people did not go. Tickets, plus any concessions you might want to buy, were just too high for the area and its economy.

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4binx(81 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

It is a shame they have left, the Covelli Centre is a great place for arena football. I went to a few games and although the team was a little EHHHH this past year, the atmosphere was good and it was nice to do something different here in town. I guess we will just have to settle for 80's reunion bands here in Youngstown! :)

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