West Texas Warbirds

Summary

West Texas Warbirds
Established 2019
Play in Ector County Coliseum
in Odessa, Texas
www.warbirdfootball.com
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League/conference affiliations
Team colorsBlue, red, white
     
MascotGunner
Personnel
Owner(s)Leif, Michael, and Eunice Kertis
Head coachTate Smith
Team history
  • West Texas Warbirds (2020–present)
Championships
League championships (1)
  • Lone Star Series: 2021
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (1)
  • 2021
Home arena(s)

The West Texas Warbirds are a professional indoor football team and a member of Arena Football Association. The Warbirds are based in Odessa, Texas, with home games at the Ector County Coliseum. The team was originally a member of Champions Indoor Football, but never played a league game due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

History

The Warbirds are the third arena/indoor football team based in Odessa, following the Odessa/West Texas Roughnecks (2004–2012) and the West Texas Wildcatters (2014).

On October 2, 2019, Champions Indoor Football (CIF) announced an expansion team to be based in Odessa for the 2020 season with the team planning to represent West Texas and use it in their team name.[1] A name-the-team contest was held, with Warbirds being announced as the team's name on December 18, beating the "Warriors," "Law," "Outlawz", and "Thunder" in the contest.[2]

The Warbirds' planned inaugural 2020 season was cancelled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CIF then delayed the 2021 season, but the local capacity and interstate travel restrictions in Texas led the Warbirds and the Amarillo Venom to withdraw from participating in the 2021 CIF season. The Venom and Warbirds instead launched the Lone Star Series, a series of games between the two CIF Texas teams and a few other Texas-based semiprofessional teams.[3] The Warbirds defeated the Venom, 79–60 to claim the Lone Star Series championship.[4]

Amarillo and West Texas officially left the CIF and turned their Lone Star Series from the previous season into the Arena Football Association (AFA) in November 2021. The new league also announced its initial membership consisting of former Lone Star Series member Texas Jets, former American Arena League champions North Texas Bulls, the dormant Rio Grande Valley Dorados, and the Texas Crude.[5]

Season-by-season

League champions Playoff berth
Season League Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2020 CIF Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 LSS 1st 5 0 0 Won semifinal (Arlington) 70–6
Won Lone Star Series Championship (Amarillo) 79–60
Totals 5 0 0 All-time regular season record (2020–2021)
2 0 All-time postseason record (2020–2021)
7 0 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2020–2021)

Notes

  1. ^ "Professional Indoor Football Coming to West Texas in 2020". warbirdfootball.com. October 2, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  2. ^ "New West Texas indoor football team reveals name and logo". warbirdfootball.com. December 18, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Venom and Bombers ready to start season in the Amarillo Civic Center". KFDA-TV. May 4, 2021.
  4. ^ Amaya, Chris (July 25, 2021). "INDOOR FOOTBALL: Warbirds cap off undefeated season with championship win". Odessa American. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "Sponsors And Investors See Ground-Floor Opportunities With The Expansion Of Arena Football Association". PR Newswire. November 4, 2021.

External links

  • Official website