The Arena Football League is hoping the third time will be the charm when it comes to Las Vegas.
The league announced Friday that it will add a Las Vegas franchise starting in 2015 that will be owned by rock star Vince Neil, lead singer of rock band Motley Crue, called the Las Vegas Outlaws.
“The opportunity came up to bring a franchise to Las Vegas and that’s where I’m from,” Neil said in a video statement at ArenaBowl XXVII Media Day in Cleveland. “Every guy wants to be an ‘outlaw’, so why not give them the Outlaws?”
Las Vegas has tried Arena football twice before but failed. The Sting played at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 1994 and Thomas & Mack Center in 1995 before moving to Anaheim, Calif. Then the Gladiators played in Las Vegas from 2003 to 2007, first at the Thomas & Mack and later at Orleans Arena, before moving to Cleveland.
“Las Vegas is a market that has always been in our plans,” AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. “It was just a matter of finding the right ownership group. We believe Vince Neil and his partners are that group and we could not be more excited to now be able to bring Arena Football back to the great fans in Las Vegas.”
The Cleveland Gladiators face the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVII on Saturday night at 5 p.m. on ESPN.