The Wyoming Cavalry are staying put.
Less than two weeks after it was announced the Casper Ghosts were relocating to Grand Junction, Colo., the Cavs ownership group guaranteed that the indoor professional football team would remain in Casper for the foreseeable future.
“We’re not going anywhere as long as [the Cavs] are locally owned,” Cavalry owner Dave Blaylock said.
Blaylock and fellow owners Mitch Zimmerman and Mike and Argeri Layton met with city officials and local business partners Friday to talk about the team’s future.
Despite the stagnant economy and coming off a down year in attendance at the Casper Events Center, the Cavs are already making preparations for the team’s 12th season overall and second in the Indoor Football League.
“When we first purchased the Cavalry in 2001, the goal and the mission was always the same,” Argeri Layton, the team’s director of business operations, said. “We are in Casper, and we are very proud of being able to provide this kind of an asset for our families in the local communities.
“The difference between the Ghosts and the Cavalry came down to the local ownership. The Ghosts’ owners didn’t have local ties. We would never [let the Cavs leave], because we are proud to do this for our community.”
The Cavs finished 9-5 in their first season in the IFL and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
But with a revamped IFL and home games against regional opponents and old rivals, the Cavs ownership group is looking forward to the 2012 season.
“The basic feeling and spirit of the [recent league] meetings was we are down to a great group of teams, geographically and competitively,” Cavs General Manager Mike Layton said. “The teams that are competing in 2012 are financially stable teams.
“We just have to remind the fans that we still have a great product. I think the fans will understand that and they will support us.”
At least the Cavs fans know they still have a team to support.