Salt Lake City—On Wednesday, The Alliance of American Football introduced Alliance Salt Lake, its fourth announced market, and unveiled Dennis Erickson as the team’s head coach. Alliance Salt Lake home games will be played at Rice-Eccles Stadium, home to University of Utah football and host of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Olympics. This marks the second Olympic venue for The Alliance. Fans looking to secure tickets early for the inaugural season can purchase season ticket seat deposits for $50 on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Wednesday, May 16, at 1 p.m. MT on AAF.com or by calling (833) AAF-2019.
“We have been very deliberate with the cities we’ve chosen to represent The Alliance in our first year, and we see Salt Lake City as the perfect backdrop to introduce high-quality, professional football next spring. As one of the fastest-growing American cities it’s backed by an ever-rising millennial population and an incredibly ardent fan base,” said Charlie Ebersol, co-founder and CEO, The Alliance. “In the fall, the Utah Utes consistently exceed seating capacity for home football games at Rice-Eccles Stadium, one of the more impressive venues in the country. Up until now, once the Utes conclude their season, there have been no other football options for such a burgeoning city that has so much passion for the game. We are proud to say this changes with today’s introduction of Alliance Salt Lake and Dennis Erickson as head coach.”
Dennis Erickson’s coaching career spans 47 years across the collegiate and professional level. At age 34, Erickson was hired as the head coach of the University of Idaho and went on to become Idaho’s all-time winningest head coach in just four seasons (1982-85). After successful stints at Wyoming (1986) and Washington State (1987-88), Erickson replaced Jimmie Johnson as head coach of Miami. In six seasons with the Hurricanes, Erickson won two national championships and accumulated a 63-9 record, the highest win percentage in school history. Erickson transitioned to the NFL as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks for three seasons, before returning to college at Oregon State. There, he led one of college football’s biggest turnarounds, coaching the team to its first winning season in 29 years. In 2000, the Beavers defeated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, punctuating an 11-1 season that netted Erickson a National Coach of the Year nomination. Erickson returned to the NFL as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2003-05. He then served as head coach at Idaho (2006) and Arizona State (2007-11) before joining the Utes in 2013 as co-offensive coordinator.
“Dennis is a two-time National Champion and one of the most respected coaches of our time. His experience at the collegiate and professional level makes him an ideal fit to come in and lead these young men looking to begin, extend and/or revitalize their professional careers,” said Bill Polian, co-founder and head of football, The Alliance. “He is passionate about the game and we’re excited to have him on the sidelines again for Alliance Salt Lake.”
“I’ve been around the game of football my entire life. My father was a coach, I played the quarterback position through college, and of course, I’ve been coaching for nearly 50 years. My passion for football and teaching the game has never wavered, and The Alliance is the perfect opportunity to get back on the sidelines and continue doing what I love,” said Dennis Erickson, head coach, Alliance Salt Lake. “I’m excited to return to Salt Lake City as I have fond memories of my time with the University of Utah, where I saw first-hand the passion the city has for the game for football. The Alliance is about building a dynamic relationship between players, fans and the game, and I’m looking forward to Alliance Salt Lake being active in this community and competing for a championship.”
Ticket pricing and seat locations for Alliance Salt Lake home games will be released later this summer. The Alliance has committed to making a limited number of $35 sideline seats available for purchase. These will be among the best seats in the house but will not be the least or most expensive available, as there will be tickets with pricing to accommodate every budget.