Indoor football set to return to Nashville

It looks like indoor football — what you might know as arena football — is returning to Nashville.

The Nashville Venom have shown up as a team set to play in the 2014 season of the Professional Indoor Football League according to the league's Web site. The league is largely a successor to the Southern Indoor Football League, several rungs below the top-level Arena Football League.

Sources tell PostSports the team will hold a formal announcement Tuesday and will begin play in March at Municipal Auditorium.

Nashville had two iterations of the Nashville Kats, part of the Arena Football League, between 1997 and 2001 and 2005 and 2007. The first version, owned by Mark Bloom, was sold and moved to Atlanta when the team couldn't negotiate a favorable lease with the Nashville Predators and the second, owned  in part by the late Bud Adams, folded when the NFL failed to exercise its option to buy the AFL. Nashville Predators COO Sean Henry mentioned the possibility of the return of the Arena Football League two years ago, though that possibility seems to have faded.

UPDATED: Apparently, there was a press release about this issued Nov. 6:

The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) welcomes the addition of the Nashville Venom making them the eighth and final member for the upcoming 2014 season.

Already with a rich history of being one of the South's premier sports towns, the Venom will serve as the first indoor football team in Nashville since 2007.

With season tickets going on average for as low as $60 around the PIFL, the Venom will continue the league's dedication of providing fan-friendly and affordable entertainment with the Nashville Municipal Auditorium serving as the host venue for all Venom games beginning with their home-opener on April 5th.

"We are excited about the opportunity to host the Professional Indoor Football League's Nashville Venom in 2014," says Nashville Municipal Auditorium General Manager Bob Skoney.

"PIFL is a great addition to the Auditorium's event roster and further expands the sports options available for Nashville and Middle Tennessee sports enthusiasts," continues Skoney. "In preparation for all of our 2014 events, we are refurbishing the mezzanine seating." Following along with the PIFL's regional footprint, the Venom are set to become regular rivals with the Alabama Hammers (Huntsville, AL) as well as with the Columbus Lions (GA) and Albany Panthers (GA).

Nov 9, 2013 10:40 PM