April 6, 2016
The Simulation Football League is bringing a team to South Carolina, the league announced Tuesday, with Owner Alan Armatys moving his Indianapolis franchise to home base Charleston. The Predators will become the first pro esports team to call the state home and will bring a natural rival to the Carolina Skyhawks, based in Raleigh as the battle of Carolina’s will begin next season.
“I am thrilled to see new controlling ownership taking steps to build a brand and a new chapter in this team’s history,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “From the Red Devils to the Spitfire, James Richards commanded branding of his mind and personality. This is a different era for this team now under sole ownership and I’m looking forward to seeing what a fresh start can do for Mr. Armatys and his staff.”
The colors – primarily black and white – are accented by a sea blue and a blood red, showcasing the natural colors of an orca’s world. The Predators are the first SFL team to ever utilize this unique color scheme and use a whale as their symbol of strength, dominance and respect.
“Season 11 and 12 will forever be remembered as exciting times in my SFL experience,” Armatys said. “I began my career in Season 11 as a rookie to the SFL, anchoring one of the best defenses in the league, culminating in a Pro-Bowl appearance. In season 12, I had the privilege of becoming a head coach and co-owner, then sole owner of the Indianapolis franchise. It was a humbling experience. Although we did not have the best record on the field, I believe we were able to establish a good foundation from which to build upon.
“With a change in ownership and team leadership it is time to forge a new path. Our organization is excited to turn the page and bring the next chapter of this SFL franchise to life in Charleston, SC. We look forward to taking the field in our new home at the Fort Moultrie Memorial Stadium, aka “the Fort”, and facing any and all challenges on and off the field.”
Charleston will continue the history of the Indianapolis franchise after the ownership transfer. Changes across league platforms will be adjusted as soon as possible.