American Arena League Chooses Buford As Home Base

Anyone who has been inside the new Buford Arena can understand why it has been chosen to host to the newest American Arena League (AAL) franchise.  

The arena, equipped with 5,500 seats and first-class amenities was a perfect fit for the home base of the newest franchise of the AAL, the Atlanta Havoc.

Tim Viens, owner of the 2017 Can-Am Indoor Football League Champions, the Vermont Bucks and co-owner Chris Duffy, a long time fan of indoor arena football and Florida native are proud to be bringing something new to Buford.

The Havoc selected Gerald “Boo” Mitchell as their inaugural season head coach.  Mitchell is a long time Gwinnett County coach who most recently worked with North Gwinnett High School’s  wide receivers.  Coach Mitchell is optimistic about the team.   “We have some quality players, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.”  The team is currently at fifty players but will be cut down to just twenty-five in the upcoming weeks.  A few local area players have joined forces with the Havoc including Ryan McDaniel, a North Gwinnett grad. Boo Mitchell has his team working double time in preparation for the upcoming season.  He expects a lot out of his players. “We want to bring an exciting brand of arena football to the Buford area, I know this area has a very strong football tradition,”  said Mitchell. He aims to uphold these traditions.

The Havoc states that they will have tailgating festivities for fans to enjoy including outdoor activities such as live music, a beer garden for adults, along with inflatables and other activities geared towards children.  

Their season opens on March 17th against the Florida Tarpons and runs until June 9th with their last home game on June 2nd.

The parking lot tailgating party will feature the country rock/rap duo, the Lacs. Another notable concert scheduled in conjunction with a Havoc home game is a Bring Back the 90’s show featuring Vanilla Ice.  Tone Loc, Young MC, and the Ying Yang Twins will also be performing.  

Ticket prices are reasonable with kids/students under 17 at $8, adult general admission tickets for $15, and gold seating tickets are $28. Further information, can be found on the Havoc’s website at


Alicia joined the North Gwinnett Voice, as the Editor, shortly after the first publication. She is a homegrown Buford native, with the southern charm and "bless your heart" included. ...

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