SHARKS

Boardwalk Hall held arena football for one year, when the Atlantic City CardSharks of the National Indoor Football League played there in 2004. Hall overview with football field. Atlantic City CardSharks play their National Indoor Football League home debut against the Greenville RiverHawks at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Sat. 4/10/04

Staff Writer

After fans submitted almost 2,000 names, the Arena Football League will hold a final online vote to select the name of its new Atlantic City franchise from five finalists.

The choices:

• Atlantic City Blackjacks

• Atlantic City Gamblers

• Atlantic City Jackpot

• Atlantic City High Rollers

• Atlantic City Royals.

It first launched the contest allowing fans to enter names in January when it announced the city franchise would join the league for the 2019 season.

“Receiving nearly 2,000 submissions of potential team names in less than one week really shows the excitement within the community about its new AFL team,” George Manias, the team president and COO of the Atlantic City franchise, said in a statement. “It confirms that we came to the right market.

“We are excited to see the final vote and get started developing brand identity.”

Those thousands of submissions were narrowed to the top 10, which the league then cut to the five finalists.

The individual submitting the winning name will receive inaugural season tickets, an official game helmet and team merchandise.

Fans can vote for their desired team name up to one time per day each day now until 5 p.m. Friday. Vote at CatCountry1073.com.

The league said fans can also secure season tickets for the team with a $50 deposit per seat ($75 for VIP seats) by calling 609-783-9494 or by going to AtlanticCityAFL.com.

According to the league, a team representative will contact those who have submitted a deposit within a week to select their specific seats. Fans will select their seats in the order in which deposits were received.

The Atlantic City AFL, will begin play this spring at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

The Arena Football League will play its 32nd season. Other cities with 2019 teams: Albany (New York), Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington.

Contact: 609-272-7239 aauble@pressofac.com Twitter @AublePressofAC

Staff Writer

I report breaking news and cover the local stories at the Press's digital desk. I grew up in South Jersey and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 with a degree in English.

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