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York gets American Indoor Football team.
John Morris will serve as the majority owner for the York team. The other owner is Ulander Giles, who works at Georgetown University doing lung cancer research. "It's about giving back to the community and having the kids come out. It's about being in the schools, being in the churches. It's about having an impact on the city," Morris said.
The turf playing surface will replace the ice on one of arena's the two rinks for the length of the football season. The other rink will remain open to the public.
"Once it's down, it's down," said Jimmy Lewis of the turf. Lewis was introduced as the head coach of the team. The soon-to-be 36-year old played for Morgan State University and played 10 years of semipro football, mainly for the Arbutus Big Red.v "It's a challenge," said Lewis, who works full time as a computer system administrator in Columbia, Md. "I've always wanted to be able to push guys on. I want to give you the opportunity to move on." The presence of the football team also will create jobs for the ice arena.
"Absolutely, when you pack the place with the potential for 1,500 people, we certainly have to beef up security and ticket takers and concessions. Opportunities are there for extra employment," Cleveland said.
Odds and ends: There are eight games on the schedule, and York will play the Harrisburg Stampede twice: once in York and once in Harrisburg. York is scheduled to play four home games. Permanent seating ticket prices will be $10, and floor box tickets might cost a little more.
Tryouts will be held in November and twice in December. Two tryouts will be held in York and one in Baltimore. The time and exact dates of the tryouts will be announced on the league's website. yorkcapitals.com