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Springfield Stallions
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Founded 2006
Folded 2007
Arena Prairie Capital Convention Center
Based in Springfield, Illinois
Colors Red, Black, Silver

              

League Continental Indoor Football League
Head coach Kevin Gade Assistant Coaches Jim Rychel, Bryan Taylor
President of Football Operations Accie Connor

The Springfield Stallions were an indoor football team that played their home games at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. They were a 2007 expansion member of the Continental Indoor Football League.

The Stallions were purchased by two Indiana businessmen, Justin Gettys of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Gettys was the majority owner of the franchise. Professional wrestler D'Lo Brown joined Gettys as minority owner. Another man Chris Underwood was a minority owner. Gettys and Underwood purchased the team from Herb Fullerton in October, 2006. Kevin Gade served as Head Coach. Jerry Lankin served as the teams General Manager and later Team Consultant. Gettys served as President, Chris Underwood served as Vice President of Football Operations and D'Lo Brown as Vice President of Media Relations for the Stallions Football Club. Justin Gettys was removed from the organization on May 2 of 2007 over charges of financial mismanagement with $65,000 missing from team accounts.[1] Corey Galloway took over as general manager in the middle of May. Jim Rychel took over as head coach as Kevin Gade became a player on the team. After the three owners walked away from the team, the team was officially folded by Vice President of Football Operations Chris Underwood and Head Coach Jim Rychel following a conversation with CIFL owner Jeff Spitaleri.

The Stallions played their home football games at the Prairie Capital Convention Center which is located in downtown Springfield. It has a seating capacity of 6500 for football games.

On October 17, the team announced they were going to play in the Continental Indoor Football League.[2]

This was the inaugural season for the Stallions at the professional level. There was a semi-pro team in Springfield called the Stallions in 2006 which played for the 8FL. While the current Stallions ownership maintains the rights to the original franchise (and maintains several players from the semi-pro team) the current Stallions' history was not considered a continuation of the original team's.

The team was troubled on and off the field, not having won any games, and undergoing various travel/financial problems, which culminated in the team's failure to show up on June 16 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum to play the Marion Mayhem. The league was notified on Thursday June 14 before that road game at Marion by GM Galloway and VP Underwood that the team was ceasing operations effective at 5:00 p.m. that day. The league attempted to work with Underwood to finish out the season and make it to Marion that weekend, but the team still folded due to financial reasons on June 15. June 22 [3]

Season-By-Season Edit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2007 0 12 0 8th Great Lakes --

2007 Season ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 7 Kalamazoo Xplosion Home Lost 19-47
April 14 Port Huron Pirates Home Lost 6-54
April 21 Miami Valley Silverbacks Away Lost 29-67
April 28 Kalamazoo Xplosion Away Lost 14-38
May 5 Marion Mayhem Home Lost 26-51
May 12 Steubenville Stampede Away Lost 8-66
May 19 Muskegon Thunder Home Lost 25-49
May 25 Muskegon Thunder Away Lost 36-52
June 3 Chicago Slaughter Home Lost 44-69
June 9 Miami Valley Silverbacks Home Lost 22-56
June 16 Marion Mayhem (Stallions forfeit) Away Lost 0-2
June 24 Chicago Slaughter (Stallions forfeit) Away Lost 0-2

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