After a one-year absence, the game of Arena Football is returning to the city of Chicago will be home to one of the teams playing in the new Arena Football league, it was announced today at a press conference in Chicago.
As a way to honor the great tradition of Arena Football in Chicago, the group has chosen to name the team the Rush and play its games at Allstate Arena.
While this version of the Chicago Rush is a new team playing in a new league, many of the tenants of the original team will remain, including the team’s unwavering commitment to provide quality, affordable sports entertainment for the entire family.
As part of that commitment, Chicago Rush has hired Mike Hohensee as its head coach. Hohensee coached the first Rush team from 2001-2008, posting a 83-57 overall record and leading the Rush to four Central Division titles and the 2006 ArenaBowl championship.
The creation of Arena Football was made possible through the efforts of a group of former AFL owners. After the Arena Football League declared bankruptcy earlier this year, those owners came together to form the new league. Then, Arena Football purchased the assets of the Arena Football League – including the rights to the the names and logos of the individual teams – through a bankruptcy court-mandated auction.