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Arena football team gives Florence fans a treat

August 26, 2018
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For the first time in close to a decade, arena football returned to Florence in the form of the 2018 American Arena League (AAL) All-Star Classic.

FLORENCE, S.C. – For the first time in close to a decade, arena football returned to Florence in the form of the 2018 American Arena League (AAL) All-Star Classic.

Many Florence residents, as well as arena football fans from around the Southeast region of the United States, turned out to see some of their favorite football players.

Jeremiah Nunez, a native of North Carolina, said he made the drive down to Florence to watch the game.

“I’m a fan of the Carolina Energy; they play in Charlotte,” Nunez said. “I really enjoy having football around in the spring and it’s a fun brand to watch. I drove down for the day just to see some of the guys play. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Florence arena football fans were treated to a preview of what is to come in the spring, when the Carolina Havoc—formerly known as the Atlanta Havoc—plays its 2019 season.

Josh Resignalo, general manager of the Havoc, said he was excited to be playing in the Florence Center for 2019 and plans on the Havoc becoming a mainstay in the Pee Dee.

“We’re excited. We’ve got a lot of good things going on,” Resignalo said. “It’s a great football community and football town and we’re excited to see how it takes off.”

Will Lott, a Florence native, said he came to the All-Star game to check out the new team.

“I used to come pretty regularly when the Florence Phantoms were here,” Lott said. “It was a lot of fun and I’m excited to have another sports team in Florence.”

Lott said the different rules make arena football interesting.

“Stuff like you can get one point for kicking the ball through the field goal posts on a kickoff,” Lott said. “It’s just a little different from regular football, but I think it’s fun just to see a lot of scoring and a few twists on the game.”

Tickets for the coming Carolina Havoc season will go on sale soon. For more information and updates, visit carolinahavocfootball.com or follow the team on Facebook and Twitter.

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