The Idaho Horsemen arena football team will kick off their first season in the Treasure Valley on March 23rd. Early last year, they were just in the initial stages of building a team and trying to figure out which league to join. In the end they decided to simply create their own, the new "American West Football Conference."
Boise will compete other teams from Reno, Sacramento, the Tri-Cities, and the Wenatchee Valley. The Horsemen have also finalized a contract with the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa where they will play their games this year. An organizer says once the league was announced, they received interest from all over the country.
Players are coming from all different backgrounds including non-college, college, arena, and pro.
"Two-thirds of the team are local, a third of the team is from other states and players coming to us from all levels," said Don Miller, Idaho Horsemen.
If you attend the games you'll be seeing at least one familiar face.
Miller says the horseman have recruited offensive lineman Hunter Nettles from Boise State.
"We get to help players continue their dream of maybe going to another level by playing for the Idaho Horsemen and the American West Football Conference and we get to provide affordable family entertainment that can be really enjoyable," said Nettles.
The players have already been working out getting ready for the season and they will report to camp and practice on February 23rd.
The team is still in need of host families for the players. Season tickets are available, https://www.gohorsemen.com/