When the Chicago Blitz formed in 2014, there were many who didn't believe they had a chance to succeed. All the Blitz did in response was post a 7-3 season mark in the Continental Indoor Football League, narrowly missing the playoffs.
In 2015, after a move to the AIF, once again the indoor football community didn't expect much from the franchise. How did they respond? A regular season campaign that finished with a 6-2 record. In their first playoff appearance, the Blitz produced a convincing road win over their chief rival, the Saginaw Sting, in Saginaw. This led to the first championship game appearance for the Blitz, which ended with a loss to the York Capitals in York, Pennsylvania. The team once again finished the season with a 7-3 mark.
As the team prepares to enter the 2016 season, the team once again finds itself facing new challenges after a turbulent offseason for indoor football. The AIF has expanded from 9 teams to 20 teams, absorbing franchises from the PIFL and X-League, both of which dissolved after the 2015 season. The addition of teams such as the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and Columbus Lions from the PIFL, as well as the Florida Tarpons and St. Louis Attack (rebranded as the River City Raiders) from the X-League has elevated the level of competitiveness in the AIF across the board for the 2016 season.
And the Blitz wouldn't have it any other way. "With all the changes this year, I'm very proud of what we've been able to accomplish in the offseason.", said Head Coach, Mike Oliver. "We have assembled what we feel is the most talented group of players we've ever had coming into camp. We will have a very difficult time making decisions as we trim the roster down to 25 for the season. The competition for every position is going to be intense."
The Blitz will call the Odeum Expo & Convention Center in Villa Park, Illinois, home for the 2016 season as they did in 2015. Tickets for home games will be available once the league finishes the regular season schedule.