The Return of Baltimore’s Other Professional Football Team

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The Ravens’ Super Bowl 2013 Super Bowl win is rightly the pride of the city, but back in 2010 you could have been bragging about the city’s football prowess — as long as you first took a moment to explain what the hell the AIFA was. That year the Baltimore Mariners became the first team in the history of the American Indoor Football Association — that trimmed down, high-scoring cousin of the NFL — to finish a season undefeated.

Now, after a three-year hiatus, the Mariners are returning to the Baltimore arena for at least six home games between March and June of 2014 to give Baltimoreans “that extra football fix.”

American Indoor Football League CEO John Morris hopes to see the Mariners attract 7,000 to 8,000 fans to the arena every game, a goal he believes could take several years to reach.

Well, if there are enough Baltimore football fans who always wished the field were half as long, touchdowns were abundant, and seats cost between $11 and $29 apiece, they should do fine.



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