It’s official, pro football is back in San Diego.
The Alliance of American Football (AAF) announced Thursday that San Diego will be the sixth franchise in the new league.
The San Diego team doesn’t have a name yet, but it does have a coach, and he’s a big name.
Former NFL coach Mike Martz will be the head coach of the San Diego team.
Martz was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2000-2005, posting a career of 53-32, but he’s best known as the offensive coordinator of the high-powered Rams team that won Super Bowl XXXIV.
Martz is a part-time San Diego resident, so he has local ties in addition to his impressive resume.
The AAF will begin to play in February 2019. San Diego will play its home games at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium.
The official announcement of the expansion to San Diego came during a morning news conference inside SDCCU Stadium.
Speaking were Charlie Ebersol, Founder and CEO of the AAF and J.K. McKay, Head of Operations for the AAF.
The AAF will be an 8-team league, with each team playing 10 regular season games, followed by two playoff rounds and culminating with the championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2019.
The AAF has already announced it will place teams in Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City.