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Published August 14, 2014
RATTLING THE CAGE: AFL Rattlers CEO & Majority Owner Ron Shurts said that no agreement "has been made" for the team to play at Gila River Arena next season. Fox Sports Arizona reported yesterday that the Rattlers would leave Phoenix for Glendale, but Shurts "refuted that report." In Phoenix, Richard Obert notes the Rattlers "are not contractually obligated to stay at US Airways Center for next season" (ARIZONA REPBLIC, 8/14). FOX SPORTS ARIZONA's Morgan in the original report cited sources as saying that the Rattlers "are poised to move to the newly minted Gila River Arena in Glendale next season." The move "is expected to be announced after the Rattlers compete in their fourth straight ArenaBowl on Aug. 23." The Rattlers, who "have played at downtown Phoenix's US Airways Center since 1992, are believed to have averaged about 9,700 fans per regular-season game this season." The city of Glendale and arena manager Global Spectrum "have been seeking other ways to fill open dates at the arena and increase revenue, aside from the Coyotes and the handful of concerts the arena hosted last season" (FOXSPORTSARIZONA.com, 8/13).