Connect with the Empire

News

Palm Beach Tan - Rotating Banner

IFL ANNOUNCES 2017 TEAM AWARDS

Spokane Empire awarded Best Media Relations
07/05/2017 4:02 PM -

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the 2017 Team Awards for outstanding achievements during the IFL regular season.

 

Franchise of the Year: Arizona Rattlers

The Arizona Rattlers have been named the 2017 IFL Franchise of the Year. Selected by their peers, factors considered for achieving this award consisted of attendance, sales, public relations, marketing, on-field performance, community involvement and overall representation of the IFL.

 

"We are incredibly honored to be recognized as Franchise of the Year in our first season with the IFL," said Ron Shurts, Owner of the Arizona Rattlers. "It's a testament to our front office, our coaching staff, players, dance team, and most of all our great fans in the Rattler Nation."

 

In their inaugural season in the IFL, the Rattlers were named Intense Conference Champions and are advancing to play in the United Bowl championship on Saturday July 8. During the season the Rattlers led the IFL in attendance averaging 12,852 fans per game. In addition , the Rattlers set not only a new team record with of 15,189 on May 20 but a new IFL attendance record as well.

 

Executive of the Year: John Pettit (Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer -  Iowa Barnstormers) 

 Iowa Barnstormers Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer John Pettit has been named the 2017 IFL Executive of the Year. 

 

“I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition from my peers. This award is a testament to our entire Barnstormers organization, said Pettit. “Our ownership, front office staff, coaches players and support staff that put their heart and soul into this team."

 

Pettit organized the Barnstormers staff that guided Iowa to a 13-3 record and their first playoff appearance in eight years. After starting the season 2-2, the Barnstormers won 11 consecutive games and appeared in the United Conference Championship game. Pettit helped the Barnstormers average 6,800 fans per game, the most during the team’s IFL tenure. 

 

Best Fan Base: Arizona Rattlers 

The Arizona Rattlers joined the IFL with one of the most fervent fanbases in all of indoor football and have been named  IFL’s Best Fan Base of 2017. The award is given to the team with the fans that show the most enthusiasm, energy, and overall appreciation for their team.  Fans at the “Snake Pit” showed up in record numbers this season as the team set a new single game attendance record of 15,189. In addition, the Rattlers led the IFL in average attendance with 12,852 fans per game

 

Best Game Operations: Iowa Barnstormers

The Iowa Barnstormers have been awarded Best Game Day Operations. The Barnstormers pride themselves in putting on a great show for their home fans, constantly creating the most interactive and innovative on-field promotions. Additionally, the team's game-day presentations, unique half-time shows, giveaways, mascots and music help make the Wells Fargo Arena one of the most entertaining venues in the IFL. 

 

Best Cheerleader/Dance Team: Arizona Rattlers 

The Arizona Rattlers have earned the Best Cheerleader/Dance Team award in 2017. The "Sidewinders" continue to establish themselves as one of the preeminent dance teams in all of indoor football. The award is based on talent, attractiveness, uniforms and crowd interaction.


Community Relations Award: Sioux Falls Storm

The Community Relations award is presented to the team that best exemplifies outstanding service to their community. The Sioux Falls Storm continue to distinguish themselves as leaders in the Sioux Falls community with their support of programs such as the Rebekah’s Legacy Foundation, SURVIVEiT, Make A Wish Foundation, Operation Homefront, among many others. In support of these programs, the Storm raised over $150,000 for the Sioux Falls community this season. Over the last three years, the Storm have raised over $400,000 dollars for the Sioux Falls community.

 

Hospitality Award: Green Bay Blizzard

The Green Bay Blizzard have earned the Hospitality Award in 2017. The hospitality award is given to the team that provided the best overall experience for the visiting team while on the road. The Blizzard earned the award as the team was judged to have the best host hotel, pre- and post-game meals and other accommodations that exceeded expectations.

 

Best Website/Social Media: Nebraska Danger

The Nebraska Danger have been awarded Best Website/Social Media in 2017. The Danger earn the award based on a variety of factors such as aesthetics, ease of use, up-to-date information, content and fan interaction. 

 

Best Mascot: Green Bay Blizzard

For the second consecutive season, the IFL’s Best Mascot season goes the Green Bay Blizzard. Bruiser the yeti has made his home in the frozen tundra of Green Bay for many years. In 2017, Bruiser along with his niece and nephew, Blizz & Bling appear at many community events around the greater Green Bay area. The Green Bay mascots were named the most creative, energetic and talented mascots in the IFL.

 

Best Media Relations: Spokane Empire 

The Spokane Empire have been awarded Best Media Relations. The Empire earned the designation based on their media involvement, press releases, game notes, articles, media guides and overall content. 

 

The 2017 United Bowl Championship kicks off on Saturday, July 8 at 5:05 PM at the Denny Sanford Premier Center between the Arizona Rattlers and the Sioux Falls Storm. The 2017 United Bowl can be viewed live on the IFL’s YouTube channel!



Search Archive »





Browse by Month »

July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005