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Portland AFL Announces Team name Finalists

Friday November 8, 2013

 Name the Team Contest Concludes with Five Finalists

PORTLAND, OR – After five weeks of generous input from the local community, new season ticket holders and local schools, Portland’s “Name the Team” contest has come to a conclusion. The Arena Football League franchise announced today that after taking fan input into consideration, it has reached its top five finalists for the team’s official nickname.

During the franchise’s introductory press conference on October 2nd, Portland AFL announced that fans would have a say in deciding the nickname of the team. Over the past five weeks, the franchise accepted suggestions through its various social media outlets. After receiving several hundred unique entries, Portland AFL narrowed its potential team name to five candidates.

“We received an overwhelming amount of input from our fans. For a new franchise, the support has been amazing,” said Owner Terry W. Emmert. “I want to thank the fans and the media. I’m truly humbled and so encouraged by the outpour of support being offered. Our season ticket requests have been fantastic and I’m convinced that this will be a team of the community.”

The top five potential names for Portland’s AFL team consist of the following options: (1) Thunder (2) Enforcers (3) Sasquatch (4) Growlers (5) Stomp

Emmert indicated the official team will be announced in the near future. Fans are encouraged to continue weighing in on the name options through Facebook (, Twitter and Instgram (@portlandafl).

Portland’s Arena Football League team opens its inaugural season at the Moda Center in March of 2014. Reserve your season tickets today by calling 503-773-4AFL or by visiting

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