By NEMS Daily Journal
The new name of the Ultimate Indoor Football League Tupelo team has a familiar ring – Mississippi Hound Dogs.
Tupelo Hound Dogs was the name of a former Indoor soccer team in the city.
The name was announced today at the BancorpSouth Arena.
Ticket prices will range between $7 (top rows) and $35 (front row).
The UIFL has added 10 more teams for the 2012 season. The two closest to Tupelo are The Rome (Ga.) Rampage and the Tennessee Rail Runners in East Ridge, Tenn.
The Hound Dogs will play a 14-game scheduled with seven dates to be played at the BancorpSouth Arena. Most of the games will be played on Fridays and Saturdays, but Haines would like to open the season with a special Monday night kickoff in March.
Training camp opens Feb. 15 and teams – featuring 18-player rosters – begin play the first week of March.
Hound Dogs coach Martin Theus, whose background includes indoor coaching and playing experience, believes the game’s pass-happy, “in-your-face” style will attract a fan base.
Part of the UIFL’s business plan includes a salary cap, a league-owned charter bus service to cut travel expenses, and league-offered lines of credit to help team owners meet expenses and play their games.
This will be the third attempt at making indoor pro football work in the area, following the Tupelo FireAnts (2001-2005) and Mississippi MudCats (2007-08). A series of other minor-league franchises in other spors have also failed here.
Read more on this story in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.