Berglund Center is pleased to announce the return of indoor arena football and welcomes the Virginia Iron Horses to Roanoke in the spring of 2019. The National Gridiron League (NGL) will debut a new spring indoor football league in twelve U.S. cities in March, 2019. Roanoke’s team, the Virginia Iron Horses, will play its first home game in the spring of 2019.
The NGL was founded in 2017 as a minor league alternative to the National Football League to become a respectable destination for recent college football graduates. Based in the Southeast, the League will draw many of its players from college football’s major conferences. The NGL launched in the hopes of providing an exceptional quality product on the field and to have a positive community impact off the field.
“Citizens of the Roanoke Valley have a great love of sports in all forms,” stated Mayor Sherman Lea, “and we are pleased to expand our choices and welcome the National Gridiron League to our community. We encourage fans of the game and citizens to support our newest professional team, the Virginia Iron Horses.
”The last arena football team in this area was the Roanoke Steam, which played at Berglund Center (then Roanoke Civic Center) for three years and folded in May, 2002. Its departure left a void for the 1,200 (average) fans who supported the team.
”Season tickets for the Virginia Iron Horses go on sale this fall. For more information on the Virginia Iron Horses and League, visit NationalGridiron.com.