(02/21/14) - Consider it a snap decision - the Saginaw Sting are bringing their brand of indoor professional football to Flint's Perani Arena, Friday night.
"I first received the call Wednesday evening, so we put it together really quick, and we're excited about the game tonight," said Jeremy Torrey, Perani Arena general manager.
The Sting's road game against the Detroit Thunder was supposed to be played at the Melvindale Ice Arena, but a scheduling conflict forced the Continental Indoor Football League to scramble and find a new location. The Sting's home, the Dow Event Center, wasn't available, but Perani Arena's smaller arena - Arena II was.
"The field dimensions will be the same, but the major difference the fans will notice is that there won't be dasher boards like there typically are for an indoor football game. Other than that, the game will pretty much be played as normal," Torrey said.
Working on short notice, Torrey says everything will be scaled down a bit from the typical Sting game-day experience.
"We have seats for approximately 600 tonight, some more standing room after that if fans are interested," Torrey said.
The Sting ownership group, led by Stuart Schweigert and Rob Licht, also operates the entire CIFL. There's been discussion of possibly placing a team in Flint down the road.
"It's something we'd welcome, and definitely look into seeing if we could make that happen," Torrey said.
This wouldn't be the first time a pro football team called Perani home - most recently, the Flint Phantoms back in 2008. Torrey believes that with the league now playing games during the winter and spring, as opposed to the spring and summer, that a new Flint team could not only survive, but thrive.
"The team last time was drawing around 1,000 fans a game which wasn't bad, considering all the obstacles that there were then, but I think it would be definitely something the community would enjoy," Torrey said.
The Saginaw Sting's game in Flint kicks off Friday at 7:30 at Perani Arena. All tickets are $5.
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