SBD/July 15, 2014/Franchises

David Siegel Confirms AFL Predators Purchase, Will Move Team Back To Amway Center

Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel is the new owner of the AFL Orlando Predators, and he is "moving the team back to the Amway Center," according to Alicia DelGallo of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. Siegel said, "I found out the team was available and I've been a fan for 20-some-odd years. I thought it would be a good business venture as well as a fun venture and a way that I could help the community." He added that he "wouldn't have bought the team if it stayed at UCF, where it currently plays home games." DelGallo notes the Predators played home games at Amway Center from '11-13 "before defaulting on their lease due to low attendance figures, short of the 6,000 required." The Predators "moved to UCF's CFE Arena this season and attendance has hovered around 5,000 at home games." Siegel attended last night's game with his wife, Jackie, and two sons. He said that a "lot of changes will be made to the team." Promotional strategies "could include bussing guests of Westgate Resorts to games and offering free tickets to veterans, underprivileged children and students who make A's on report cards." There even will be "a section for Westgate employees, all 8,000 of them" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/15).
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