SAGINAW, Mich. - The CIFL has announced the additions of the Kentucky Drillers and Kentucky Xtreme for the 2013 season.
The Kentucky Drillers, an indoor franchise based out of Pikeville, previously competed as the Eastern Kentucky Drillers.
“The move to the CIFL made logistical sense for us,” said Drillers owner Rick Kranz. “We now have the majority of our opponents within six hours of our home field.”
In anticipation of the upcoming season, Kranz also said, “We are excited about starting fresh in a new league and playing against competitive teams. We look forward to playing teams like Marion and Saginaw again. Our fans should be excited that we will be playing against quality opponents.”
The Drillers, heading into their third consecutive season, squared off against the Saginaw Sting in the UFIL championship game back in 2011.
The Xtreme will be based out of the Louisville area and will play their home games inside the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center’s Freedom Hall.
“The city of Louisville and Xtreme are very excited to bring indoor football back to the Louisville area,” said Xtreme owner Victor Cole.
The Xtreme tested the waters of the indoor game this past season, playing two exhibition games against 2012 CIFL teams - the Evansville Rage and Indianapolis Enforcers.
Both teams will begin play in February 2013.