Baltimore AFL team
|Baltimore AFL team|
Play in Royal Farms Arena
in Baltimore, Maryland
Arena Football League (2017–present)
|Owner(s)||Monumental Sports & Entertainment|
League championships (0)|
Conference championships (0)|
Division championships (0)|
The Baltimore AFL team is a professional arena football team to be based in Baltimore, Maryland, and scheduled to begin play in the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2017. The team's planned home arena is the Royal Farms Arena. The franchise is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Ted Leonsis, chairman), which also owns the Washington Valor of the AFL, Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The Arena Football League and Monumental Sports & Entertainment both announced on November 14, 2016, that it had granted an expansion franchise to begin play for the 2017 season in Baltimore. Monumental Sports & Entertainment is operated by Ted Leonsis, the majority owner, who had also previously been granted an expansion team in the Washington Valor to begin play the same season.
Although other indoor football leagues have hosted teams in Baltimore in the past (such as the Baltimore Blackbirds and Baltimore Mariners), this is the first Arena Football League franchise to be located in Baltimore, and the first in the state of Maryland since the Washington/Maryland Commandos, a charter league franchise that played in the DC suburb of Landover for its first two seasons.