PIFL adds Georgia Fire to replace disbanded Albany team

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Lions lost an arch-rival, but the team won't lose any home games.

The Georgia Fire, based in Rome, Ga. has been added to the Professional Indoor Football League and will assume the schedule of the recently-disbanded Albany Panthers, it was announced by the league on Wednesday.

The team is officially an expansion franchise, but has been assigned the contracts of players signed by the Panthers.

The addition of the Fire gives the PIFL eight teams for the 2014 season, and the new team will compete in the American Conference along with the Lions, Alabama Hammers, and Nashville Venom.

The Fire will play the Lions at the Columbus Civic Center on April 12 and April 26, and will host the Lions at The Forum in Rome on June 27.