Indoor pro football coming to RDM; High Desert Storm set for 2021


Indoor professional football is coming to Central Oregon.

The Oregon High Desert Storm is the newest franchise of the American West Football Conference, joining the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks, Yakima Canines, and last year’s undefeated champions, Idaho Horsemen from Nampa.

The league is in talks with the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center where the Storm would play home games in the First Interstate Bank Center beginning in March.

While a number of upgrades will be necessary to the arena prior to play, a planned build-out will accommodate the needs of a professional AWFC indoor football team.

Planned upgrades include the arrival of a temporary turf field, dasher boards and goal posts which would also be required before the team could begin play.

While the team plans to begin play for the 2021 season, due to unknowns of the COVID-19 Pandemic the AWFC may be forced to leave room to have its inaugural High Desert season in 2022 if necessary.

“Our goal is to build a community-based team, where the surrounding community can attend an affordable source of family-friendly entertainment,” said aid Chris Reynolds, Chairman of the AWFC. “We chose Central Oregon due to the great community and venue that appears to be a perfect fit for indoor football. We are excited to bring professional indoor football to this great community, and look forward to beginning play as early as the 2021 season.”

The AWFC provides a platform for former collegiate athletes who have exhausted their college eligibility and fell short of an NFL/CFL/XFL opportunity to continue striving for that opportunity of reaching the next level.

The High Desert Storm will host their first tryout on November 21 at the fairgrounds.

This will be a closed tryout and registration & times will be online only at

Additional Tryout dates and times will be announced soon.

The Storm will be led by Head Coach Keith Evans, who brings more than 13 years of experience in the indoor game. Most recently with the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks.

Coach Evans will also have the role of Director of Player Personnel.

The High Desert Storm are currently in search of interns/volunteers who would love to gain experience working for a professional organization.

Those interested may send a resume to to become a part of the newest professional team in Oregon.


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