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Arena Football is officially expanding to Atlantic City N.J., the League announced Tuesday. 

The expansion franchise, owned by Trifecta Sports and Entertainment, is expected to be placed at the historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and will begin its inaugural season in April.

Sports gambling's recent emergence has to be appealing to this venue and location for obvious reasons. Seven casinos now have sports books on their properties. DraftKings, an Arena League partner, operates one at Resorts Casino Hotel.

“We are thrilled that Atlantic City will be the next great arena football town,” said Monumental Sports & Entertainment Chairman and CEO Ted Leonsis in a press release Tuesday. “Arena Football is a game that’s tailor-made for an integrated sports betting experience, and Atlantic City is a perfect fit to help realize our vision for the AFL as the next frontier in sports betting and gaming.

“We are excited about this announcement and about future expansion of the league to come.”

Atlantic City is now the fifth active franchise in the Arena League, joining the Philadelphia Soul, Albany (New York) Empire and the MSE-owned Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor. 

Fans are invited to submit team name ideas at AtlanticCityAFL.com. The final choices will then be available for a fan vote at a later date.

The reigning champion Washington Valor greeted the brand new team shortly after the announcement. 

 

The 2019 regular season schedule will feature 12 games. Atlantic City is in the process of searching for its first head coach.