Indoor football team bails on coming to Lebanon

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

From the beginning, many thought it was too good to be true. On June 7, the City of Lebanon announced that the town would soon be home to a professional indoor football team, the Ozarks Mountain Express and they would play their home games at the Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center.

Just seven days later, a statement was sent to the promotions coordinator Jessica Massey from majority owner of the team Grant Warren, that said, “Due to Circumstances beyond our control, we regret that Ozarks Mountain Express football will not be able to compete in 2020. A sincere thank you to the City and the people of Lebanon for their support and understanding."

According to a source, Warren claims that the City wouldn’t give the team the dates they needed, but when the Laclede County Record reached out to Warren for an interview, he was unable to be reached and failed to respond back.

Lebanon Tourism Director Nicole McGinnnis sent out a statement regarding the rumor that the City wasn’t cooperative with the team saying, “Dates were secured and confirm by contract for 2020 at a discounted rate to help ensure the success of this start up event. We had dates selected for 2021 and were drafting the agreement when Grant Warren emailed to the City, CCC Staff and also contacted his Head Coach that due to "personal circumstances" he would not be able to move forward with the dates he secured or future dates. At that time, we requested a formal statement to release, which is shown above. We were all surprised by the sudden change of events as the CCC Staff had been working very hard on this event and were excited to offer it as a new opportunity in Lebanon.”

The LCR also reached out to the Elite Indoor Football League President where he said, “I am actually not too sure myself (about why Warren folded the team). Grant just told me it was some personal issues.”

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