ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Apollos have said their goodbyes to each other and to the fans after word began to spread that the American Alliance of Football, the league that Orlando Apollos belongs to, would be suspending operations Monday. Apollos Head Coach Steve Spurrier was initially in disbelief, but at 5 p.m. EST Monday, Spurrier released an official statement regarding the end of the Orlando Apollos and the league’s suspension of operations.
“On behalf of everyone with the Orlando Apollos organization, we were shocked and incredibly disappointed to learn of the decision to suspend football operations in The Alliance of American Football.
The Alliance produced a quality professional football product, and it’s been our privilege to build the Orlando Apollos into a championship team with a league-best 7-1 record. The Greater Orlando community embraced our team from the beginning. Enthusiasm continued to grow throughout the season as large crowds of passionate fans supported us at Spectrum Stadium for our home games, and many others watched and rooted for the Apollos’ success from afar.
While all startups encounter some challenges, we believed we could address ours in the offseason after bringing the City of Orlando a championship and a successful completion to the league’s first season.
We are extremely grateful to our players, coaches, staff, corporate partners and especially our fans who fervently supported us as Orlando’s professional football team.
We hope to be able to share information from The Alliance about ticket refunds in the future.
Thank you for your support and for believing in us.”
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org