Indoor football will remain in Bloomington under new ownership that’s already familiar to the community.
Sensations LLC led by Sandra Hunnewell has agreed to purchase the
Bloomington Edge indoor football team from principal owner Jim Morris.
Hunnewell’s group formed the Bloomington Blaze hockey team last year;
that team begins its second Central Hockey League season next week.
Morris operated the Edge for the 2011 season.
are very confident with the overall commitment of Blaze owner Sandra
Hunnewell and the leadership of Blaze President David Holt,” said John
Butler, President of Central Illinois Arena Management (CIAM) which
operates U.S. Cellular Coliseum. “There are many advantages to the Blaze
operating the football team. They have a full-time dedicated front
office staff and Mr. Holt understands the commitment it takes to operate
successful minor league teams. They will bring a lot of excitement to
downtown Bloomington and U.S. Cellular Coliseum next season.”
football has proven to be popular in Central Illinois and we are happy
to include the Edge in our operations,” said Hunnewell. “We have the
necessary resources already in place with the Blaze, which will allow
for a smooth transition as we continue to provide Bloomington-Normal
with professionally-operated teams of which the community can be proud.”
Edge are finalizing plans to play in the new Champions Professional
Indoor Football League (CPIFL), which is scheduled to begin play in
February 2013 with teams in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and
Oklahoma. The Edge are the eighth team to announce plans to join the new
circuit, with at least two more teams expected to announce their plans
to join in coming weeks.
idea behind the CPIFL is to bring together like-minded owners with an
emphasis on geography and professionalism,” said CPIFL Commissioner
James Bain. “Bloomington has a successful history of putting exciting
teams on the field, and adding the Edge to our league brings a great
deal of credibility.”
Sensations will assume the final year of the current indoor football
license agreement, pending approval by the Bloomington City Council.
“The indoor football team is dependent on the final year of the license
agreement with the city,” said Butler. “The terms and conditions of the
current license agreement will not change for next season.”