The USFL is looking to put a new franchise in Akron, but the marketing group involved wants to use the vacant Rubber Bowl as a home field.
Appearing on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show, Sean Mason, who is the potential team owner says that by purchasing the stadium, the move will draw more revenue for the franchise known as the Akron Fire.
"Owning our own stadium would generate revenue that we would gain back by not renting," Mason says.
"That's what's going to help us sustain ourselves within the league."
Mason, the president of Team1 Marketing Group says the Rubber Bowl would serve as a venue for other sporting events and concerts when the offseason comes.
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, given the that InfoCision Stadium on the University of Akron campus is one of the best football facilities in the Mid-American Conference, as well as the state.
USFL CEO Jamie Cuadra toured the facility with Mason and USFL COO Fred Biletnikoff Jr to see what renovations could be made to the aging stadium.
"It has a lot of potential," Cuadra said. "By walking around we were able to see Sean's vision for what he wanted the stadium to look like once it's done."
No specifics have been mentioned in terms of updating the facility, but Mason said the potential repair costs to fix up the Rubber Bowl would cost more than seven figures.
The team would potentially be playing in the spring of 2013 in an eight-team league.
Cuadra says he supports Mason's vision and looks forward to seeing what he would have in place for the franchise.
"We're excited to see what he (Sean) has in store for Akron."
The Rubber Bowl served as the home stadium for the University of Akron Zips from 1940-2008 and can seat up to around 35,000 fans.
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