Indoor football returns to Knoxville

10/01/02 RiverHawks Press Release

KNOXVILLE, TN-  Tennessee Indoor Professional Sports, Inc., ownership group of the new indoor football franchise in Knoxville announced the team name and logo today at a press conference held at Volunteer Landing.

The Tennessee RiverHawks will play in the National Indoor Football League in the 2003 season.  The name was chosen after careful consideration.  “We wanted to represent East Tennessee,” said Director of Marketing Ashley Humphrey, “Downtown Knoxville is literally on the banks of the Tennessee River and hawks are a very visible part of the wildlife found in the area.  They just seem to fit.”

The RiverHawks, whose colors are green, black, and silver, turned to two local artists for a fierce and intimidating logo. Mike Taylor, owner of Taylor Graphix in Knoxville, was consulted on the preliminary idea.   The RiverHawks then asked Joe Marek, to design the final logo.  “I tried to capture the hawk as its prey would see it before it attacks,” said Marek who operates CopyIt!, a print shop in Powell, TN.  “The talons are a major part of the logo, they come right at you.”

The Tennessee RiverHawks will play all home games at Knoxville Civic Coliseum.  The National Indoor Football League season runs March through July.  Player tryouts will be held in Knoxville on October 19th from 5pm to 10pm at the ThunderPlex on Lovell Road.  Dance team tryouts will be held on November 16th at 9am in the Civic Coliseum Ballroom.

            Season tickets prices for the seven games of the 2003 season are: VIP Floor $140, Lower Balcony $105, Upper Balcony $63.  For more information regarding the team or to order season tickets, call the RiverHawks front office at 865-637-2000, or visit .

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