The Tri-Cities Fire un-expectantly closes up shop!

by AWFC Insider





We would like to apologize to all AWFC Fans for the delay in this response.  A couple of days ago we learned via social media that the Tri-Cities Fire football organization would be closing its doors for the 2020 season due to financial stress.  All other AWFC member teams were blind-sided by this announcement as well. The AWFC and its member teams have yet to be able to reach the Tri-Cities Fire’s ownership as they have broken off all lines of communication.  For the fans of the Tri-Cities Fire, please direct all your questions and concerns to the TC Fire email as we are left in the dark as well with the organizations resolutions to its team’s business.  The teams have spent the last couple of days getting all issues resolved for the AWFC 2020 season.

We are also announcing that the Reno Express will not be returning for the 2020 season, but plan to return in 2021.  The AWFC and Reno Express had been working on this release of information when we received the shocking information on the Fire.  The Express will continue to build their football organization to the standards that the community deserves. Building a football program from a grassroots effort takes time and quite a bit of community support.  Unfortunately they were unable to get the team to the level they wanted going into year two. They will use this year to gain support in their community.  The Reno Express leaves 2020 in good standing with the AWFC.  The  Reno Express "All Aboard" season tickets will be honored for 2021.

The AWFC 2020 Season will still kick-off as planned with the Idaho Horsemen, Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks, and the Yakima Canines.  We have been approached by many teams across the country to fill in the vacant games left by the Express & the Fire.  A few of these teams are organizations that have inquired about joining the AWFC in 2021.  

The AWFC has come to an agreement with Mr Brandon Tate, the owner of the Tri-City Rage, out of Kennewick, Washington. The Tri-City Rage is a minor league organization that has been in existence for 5 years and hosted many of the players that played for the Tri-Cities Fire.  The Rage currently has many D1, D2, D3, and NAIA players on their 45 man roster.   With many of the Fire players, prospective Fire players, and current Rage players, the Rage will work to put the best 21 players on the field.   

Here are a few former Fire players that will be coming to play for the Rage so far.  

Tyler Merkel

Jalen Hicks

Kobryn Kamai

Ronnie Rosendaal

Zeus Jackson

Sean Turner

Geovanny Morfin

MJ Arteaga

Stephen Nundahl

The Tri-Cities Fire were set to start camp Feb 27th, so the Rage will have the same amount of time to put the best team together..  The Rage will only play 6 away games filling the voided home game of the current AWFC teams.

We would like to apologize on behalf of all AWFC member teams and with this apology the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks would like to honor all Tri-Cities Fire Inferno Members and season ticket holders entry into the games that the Skyhawks host the Rage.   This offer is good with proof of receipt of Tri-Cities Fire Tickets. 

The Yakima Canines are also extending the offer to honor all Inferno Members of the Fire with proof of purchase to attend all Canine home games at the Yakima Sundome.  

And if any Inferno Members are willing to travel to a Rage game, the Idaho Horsemen will also honor their Inferno member  purchase at the Ford Idaho Center with prior notice.

The AWFC Schedule has been updated with many of the Home games dates for the remaining team staying the same. (Opponent may change)

Fans can experience exciting AWFC matchups in person by visiting their favorite team’s website and purchasing a season ticket.  Individual game tickets will be sold at the team venue or from their ticket solution partner.

Please continue to support your local team as our league provides athletes another platform to continue their career after exhausting their college eligibility.

2020 American West Football Conference  Schedule

Week  1

March 17th- Tri-Cities @ Wenatchee

Week 2 

April 4th - Idaho @ Wenatchee

April 4th - Tri-Cities @ Yakima


Week 3 

April 9th - Yakima @ Idaho

Week 4

April 18th - Yakima @ Wenatchee

Week 5

April 23rd - Wenatchee @Yakima

April 25th - Tri Cities @ Idaho

Week 6

May 2nd -  Wenatchee @ Idaho 

Week 7 

May 9th or 10th - Yakima @Idaho

Week 8

May 16th - Idaho @ Wenatchee  

Week 9

May 23rd - Wenatchee @ Yakima

Week 10

May 30th - Yakima @ Wenatchee

Week 11

June 4th -Tri Cities @ Idaho

Week 12

June 13th - Tri- Cities @ Wenatchee

June 13th - Idaho @ Yakima

Week 13 

June 21st - Idaho @ Yakima

Week 14

June 27th -  Wenatchee @ Idaho

June 27th - Tri Cities @ Yakima