SALT LAKE CITY – The Alliance of American Football announced Tuesday morning that the new name for their Salt Lake City-based franchise will be the Salt Lake Stallions. In addition, The AAF announced that the three other teams competing in the western division of the eight team league will be known as the Arizona Hotshots, San Antonio Commanders and the San Diego Fleet. Last week the team announced the names for the four eastern division teams, including the Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express and the Orlando Apollos.
“Today we release the names and logos of our Alliance West teams with enthusiasm and pride as we give our final four teams their identity within our league,” AAF founder and CEO Charlie Ebersol said in the release issued by the league. “I can’t wait to start seeing fans wearing their team colors and joining our Alliance.”
The Salt Lake Stallions will employ a color scheme of sky blue, royal blue and silver as their uniform template. In the release the league says the colors “are inspired by the reflection of the vast blue sky off of the Great Salt Lake and the silver tips of the Wasatch Mountains. The logo is inspired by car hood ornaments and automotive indicia that adorns some of history’s fastest and most famous cars.”
In the release, the league explained the inspiration for the Stallions nickname by saying that it “honors the spirit of the region and the rumbling presence of horsepower, inspired by the Bonneville Salt Flats where world land speed records have been set and broken for decades. A stallion is a powerful, fast and muscular horse, reflective of the power and conditioning required of professional football players.”
The Stallions will begin play in February with a 10-week regular season schedule that will be followed by two playoff rounds and a championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2018. Teams will have 52-man rosters and the Stallions have first right of refusal on players who played their college ball in Utah. They have previously announced the signing of former BYU linemen Handsome Tanielu and Tuni Kanuch as well as former Utah State players Will Davis and David Moala.
Salt Lake will play their home games at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Stallions fans can put down deposits for season tickets that are fully refundable by going to aaf.com or calling 1-833-AAF-2019. Seat deposits are $50 per seat and guarantee your place in line to purchase season tickets when they go on sale later this fall. All the deposits are full refundable up to the time of seat selection.
Fans will be able to stream Alliance matchups live via the free Alliance app while accessing integrated fantasy options with real rewards — for themselves and the players they are cheering on. With a focus on player well-being on and off the field, The Alliance will provide players with a commitment to safety and state-of-the-art equipment as well as a comprehensive bonus system, post-football career planning, financial counseling and scholarship support for postsecondary education.