November 1, 2019
The Simulation Football League and Alaska Storm announced today the approved relocation of the Alaska Storm to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where the team will be known as the Florida Storm. The move puts franchise operations in the town of local ownership. The team will still be owned and operated by Max Paul.
“We want to thank the fans and people of Anchorage who have been great to us as we shared six awesome seasons of football including three SFL championship titles,” Paul said. “Our goodbye is a bittersweet one. The memories are countless and we cannot thank the fans enough for giving us such a great home field advantage.”
The Storm will cement its rivalry with the Jacksonville Kings as an in-state rivalry, adding even more fuel to the fire of two franchises that have fought for championships over the last three years. The Kings, formerly the Tallahassee Pride, battled the Alaska Storm in back-to-back Championship Games in Season 10 and 11.
“Storm ownership recognizes the value in localizing operations for future opportunities and growth,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “Given the success the team had in Alaska, it is always difficult to leave that market behind but we’re confident if another team with local ownership was placed in Alaska, it would thrive in new ways the Storm were unable to take advantage of in the past. The SFL looks forward to bringing a pro esports team to south florida for the first time and to the new in-state rivalry between the Kings and the Storm.”
The Florida Storm will play their first season in their new home starting in January 2020.