AFL's Power franchise signs extension to keep games at Consol
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The Power, which reached a three-year lease extension with Consol Energy Center on Monday, are apologizing to their fans for poor on-field performance in the Arena Football League the past two years.
The team that has won only nine of its past 36 games announced it will reduce prices on most tickets, including all season packages, to franchise record lows. Individual game tickets will be cut as much as 67 percent to $15 (end zone), $25 (sideline), $35 (club) and $50 (first three rows). Season-ticket packages will start at $5.50 per game.
“We looked at our pricing the first three seasons, and in conjunction with our on-the-field performance results, we felt that we owed it to the fans to reward them for their loyalty,” co-owner Lynn Swann said.
The Power also moved to improve their on-field product by successfully recruiting quarterback Tommy Grady, the AFL's 2012 MVP, formerly of the Utah Blaze. The league assigned Grady to the Power last week.
“We will give him a lot of flexibility to call his own plays and run his style of offense,” co-owner Matt Shaner said.
Meanwhile, Shaner said the new agreement with Consol could keep the team in Pittsburgh through 2019. The contract includes the same provision that was part of the previous contract that triggers three additional years if the Power's average attendance stays above 6,000 per game.
“In my mind, it's a six-year deal,” said Shaner, whose team averaged 6,742 people at Consol over its first three years in the Arena Football League. “It shows the Penguins believe in us. It shows the stability we have in moving forward. I am pleased to announce that the Pittsburgh Power is here to stay,”
The Power attracted an average of 9,197 people in 2011, but only 5,865 this year and 5,163 in 2012.
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