ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The owner of the New Mexico Stars pro indoor football team confirmed Wednesday that his franchise is leaving the Indoor Football League to join the Lone Star Football League for the 2013 season.
The Stars, who play their games at the Santa Ana Star Center, had a 2-12 record in the IFL’s Intense Conference last season in their expansion year, which ran from February through June.
“The Lone Star league is regionalized and all its teams are in Texas,” Jerry Dunn said of a league that currently has six franchises, including ones in Amarillo and Odessa. “We’ll get to play in West Texas three hours from home, which will give fans a chance to travel back and forth and create a more fun environment at games.”
In the IFL, the Stars’ shortest road trip was to Fort Collins to face the Colorado Ice, a trip of more than 500 miles. They also took two 48-hour round-trip bus rides to Washington state for games. Amarillo, meanwhile, is less than 300 miles from Albuquerque, and Odessa is 400 miles away.