As we welcome a new coach to Boise State and pro football fans prepare for the AFC and NFC Championship games in the NFL, the Treasure Valley is getting ready to continue its lesser-known gridiron legacy.

In 2019, several new football leagues were announced. The American Alliance of Professional Football and the WWE's XFL Stole the headlines. The American West Football Conference debuted a smaller indoor league with four teams: Tri-Cities Fire, Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks, Reno Express, and the Idaho Horsemen. Our Idaho Horsemen play their games at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, and they're pretty good. In their opening season, the Horsemen went undefeated and even won the championship. By the time the second season rolled around, COVID-19 had wiped out the AAF and the XFL. The AWFC waited it out and is now returning to action this May. The sophomore season will see new teams, the Yakima Canines and the Oregon High Desert Storms, while Tri-Cities has a new name, the Rush.

This season there will be a 15-week season, beginning with the champion Idaho Horsemen taking on the team from Redmond, Oregon, at the Ford Idaho Center. If you're a football fan, this league provides football while the NFL is on hiatus in the Spring. It also provides players a chance to play football after they are no longer eligible to play in college.

The team, the league, and the Ford Idaho Center are working with the city of Nampa to allow fans into the arena as safely as possible. If you are interested in attending, you can purchase your tickets HERE. The prices range from $12-$35, depending on where you sit.

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