The Richmond Raiders are a professional indoor football team that began play in the American Indoor Football Association in the 2010 season. The Raiders moved to the Southern Indoor Football League when the Eastern division of the AIFA merged with the SIFL in the winter of 2010, and will begin SIFL play in the 2011 season. The Raiders are based in Richmond, Virginia, with home games to be played at the Richmond Coliseum. This will be the city's third attempt at a Pro Indoor football team, with their past attempts being the Richmond Speed and the Richmond Bandits. The Raiders are not to be confused with the Richmond Revolution which is a member of the Indoor Football League; that team played its inaugural 2010 home schedule at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center until their permanent home, the SportsQuest complex in nearby Chesterfield is built.
The Raiders' first game was the 2010 AIFA Kickoff Classic; on January 23, 2010, where they played an exhibition game against the AIFA All-Stars at the Richmond Coliseum. On August 4, the Raiders officially announced their nickname, which was the winner of a name-the-team contest previously held.
Chris Simpson became the head coach of the Raiders for the 2011 season, coming over from the defunct Baltimore Mariners. Simpson didn't make it to opening day, though, as he "relocated to Texas to pursue family business opportunities" . He was replaced by James Fuller, who was the interim head coach for the AFL Dallas Vigilantes in 2010.
Former Richmond Revolution head coach Steve Criswell signed with the Raiders as a senior consultant for the 2011 season. Criswell brought several former Revolution players along, including QB Bryan Randall and DL Lawrence Lewis.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties
2011 Season ScheduleEdit
|Final Score||Team Record|
|March 11 (Fri)||7:00 PM||Harrisburg Stampede|
|Final Score||Team Record|
|1||March 19 (Sat)||7:00 PM||Trenton Steel|
|2||March 27 (Sun)||TBD||@Columbus Lions|
|3||April 2 (Sat)||TBD||@Harrisburg Stampede|
|4||April 9 (Sat)||7:00 PM||Alabama Hammers|
|5||April 16 (Sat)||7:00 PM||Fayetteville Force|
|6||April 23 (Sat)||TBD||@Erie Explosion|
|7||April 30 (Sat)||TBD||@Albany Panthers|
|8||May 7 (Sat)||7:00 PM||Erie Explosion|
|10||May 20 (Sat)||TBD||@Carolina Speed|
|11||May 28 (Sat)||7:00 PM||Albany Panthers|
|12||June 4 (Sat)||7:00 PM||Carolina Speed|
|13||June 11 (Sat)||TBD||@Fayetteville Force|
- ↑ AIFA adds Richmond for 2010
- ↑ "Indoor football team moving into Ashe Center". Richmond Times-Dispatch. July 22, 2009. http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/article/IFLGAT22_20090722-151201/281469/. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
- ↑ "Raiders chosen as name for Richmond’s AIFA team". Richmond Times-Dispatch. August 5, 2009. http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/sports/professional/professional_football/article/AIFA05_20090804-215405/284104/. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
- ↑ "The Raiders Announce New Head Coach Charles Gunnings". May 6, 2010. http://www.richmondraidersprofootball.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=74&Itemid=38/. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- ↑ "The Raiders Announce New Head Coach Charles Gunnings". May 6, 2010. http://www.aifaprofootball.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=522&Itemid=1. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- ↑ "AFL Veteran Takes Over For Promising 2011 Season". http://www.richmondraidersprofootball.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=38. Retrieved February 21, 2011.