Football fans in Greater Prescott have a chance to see pro football when the Northern Arizona Wranglers kick off in late March.
The NAZ Wranglers are the third Indoor Football League (IFL) franchise in Arizona. The others are the Arizona Rattlers in Phoenix and the Sugar Skulls in Tucson. They all are part of the 16-team IFL founded in 2008. The original eight-team league has now grown to 16 teams, with the addition of the NAZ Wranglers.
The Wranglers will play in the Findlay Toyota Center in downtown Prescott Valley. Earlier, the arena had been home court for the NAZ Suns, a farm basketball team of the Arizona Suns from the NBA League. The NAZ Suns were later sold and relocated to the Phoenix area.
The owner of the Wranglers is Trey Medlock, president of S & P Sports LLC. Coaching for the Wranglers is Dominic Bramante. He is the former head coach of the Duke City (Albuquerque, N.M.) Gladiators.
During a recent press conference Medlock, Findlay Toyota Center General Manager Shane Caldwell and Town of Prescott Valley Mayor Kell Palguta all expressed pleasure at having the Wranglers choosing Prescott Valley at the team’s home community. IFL Commissioner Todd Tyron told the crowd the IFL was a “premier indoor arena football league.”
Palguta said it was a good opportunity for Prescot Valley to bring another professional sport to the region and provide an opportunity for citizens to get behind a professional team.
Season Begins in Mid-March 2021
Barring complications, the probable kickoff date will be in mid-March. The Wranglers will play a 16-game season. Eight games will be at home, and eight away.
Team colors are Columbia blue, red and granite (dark gray). The logo is a tough-looking cowboy sitting on a horse.
Games will be played in the Findlay Toyota Center, to be configured to seat from 4,500 to 5,000 fans.
Season tickets for eight home games already are on sale. They range from $132 in the end zone to $364 on first rows circling the field. Balcony seats and suites are not included in those figures. Prices include all fees.
Coach Bramante held tryouts on Oct. 10. More than 60 players showed up in Prescott Valley, some coming from Missouri and one all the way from Delaware.
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