COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's a new day for the Columbus Lions.
On Tuesday, the team announced it's heading to the Arena Developmental League after leaving the now-defunct American Indoor Football a few weeks ago.
This league was founded by Lions co-owner Skip Sedan and his father Keke.
"It's huge. The Lions have been in several different leagues in our 10 years, and I think we've found a home," Skip said.
The ADL is a new league focused on player development for the NFL, CFL and AFL.
Lions coach Jason Gibson believes joining a league like this can lead to bigger things for everyone.
"Because of what the league's going to do for the players, we're going to attract the best players in the country," Gibson said. "That's going
to attract the best competition in the country, which gives fans what they want."
We can expect to see tougher competition for the Lions in the A-D-L.
"I want it to be where somebody looks at their ticket for Saturday night and says 'we can't miss that game,'" Gibson said. "That's what the ADL's going to bring to Columbus. That's what it's going to bring from a competition standpoint."
A familiar foe is joining the ADL with the Lions.
Lehigh Valley, a team Columbus beat two years ago in the PIFL Championship, announced Tuesday it's heading to the new league as well.