Photo Credit: Fred Shots Photography.
Pictured from left to right: Texas Legends’ President and General Manager; Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney; Revs General Manager Tim Brown; Revs CEO Tommy Benizio; FC Dallas’ Chief Operating Officer Jimmy Smith; General Manager Dr Pepper Ann Reeves; former Dallas Cowboy Drew Pearson.
Revolution has come to Frisco, the Texas Revolution indoor football team.
The Revolution, founded in 2000 as the Arkansas Twisters of the now-defunct af2 (Arena Football League 2), have played in Allen since 2011 and are the reigning champions of the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) League.
Allen Event Center had been the Revolution’s home since the franchise relocated to Texas, but team CEO Tommy Benizio, a Frisco resident, knew the opportunity to move to a sports hotbed like Frisco was a chance he could not pass on.
We just had an opportunity towards the end of our season to say I wonder what other opportunities are out there? You kind of look at the stats and the figures of the city of Frisco and you go man, that place is made to have thriving family fun,” Benizio said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference at Dr Pepper Arena.
There’s no question about it and I really think that’s what we are. It was a real easy decision for us to say that’s where we’d like to be. We’re so proud to be here. It means so much to us.”
Benizio added that the Revolution has signed a multi-year agreement with Frisco to play its games at Dr Pepper Arena for at least the next few seasons.
Frisco mayor Jeff Cheney also spoke at the event, officially welcoming the Revolution to town. And as trays of champagne were passed around, Cheney then led a toast to Frisco’s newest professional sports franchise.
What an exciting day here in Frisco,” Cheney said. “Arena football shares a lot in common with Frisco. It’s fast-paced. It’s high-energy and used to scoring a lot of points, just like Frisco, Texas.”
The Revolution, whose season runs from February through June, will play at Dr Pepper Arena, which seats 4,000 for indoor football.
However, this isn’t the first time that venue has housed indoor football. In 2007 and 2008, The Frisco Thunder of the now-defunct Intense Football League, a franchise owned by Frisco resident Jake Reed, a former NFL wide receiver, played at the facility.
And one thing Wednesday’s gathering in the Avigilon Club wasn’t short on was star power.
Besides representatives from Frisco’s five other professional sports franchises, two former NFL wide receivers: Tim Brown, a Dallas native and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor Drew Pearson, were in attendance.
This is the way to build the brand, right here in Frisco. The support is definitely here,” Pearson said.
Brown is currently the Revolution’s general manager and he agrees with Pearson, who he admitted was one of his boyhood idols while growing up in Big D that the time is right for a move to Frisco.
Back when I was in high school, I used to work in lawn service and this area was one of the areas we used to come and mow. To see what has happened with Frisco over the last 15 or 20 years has really been amazing,” Brown said. “This area is growing like nobody’s business and it’s just the proper place for us to be at this particular point.”
Brown was also quick to add that the Revolution arrive in Frisco fresh off their first-ever championship, defeating the Omaha Beef 59-49 in Champions Bowl III before 5,251 fans on June 23 in Allen.
Obviously, football is big in Frisco. We’re coming in with a championship and looking to win more championships,” Brown said.
Last season, which proved to be the franchise’s final campaign in Allen, the Revolution averaged 4,169 fans per game, the highest average draw in franchise history.