by Storm Insiderynolds





Redmond, Oregon - The American West Football Conference (AWFC) has approved a brand new professional indoor franchise to be located in Central Oregon. The new AWFC team named the Oregon High Desert Storm will be brought to you by Platinum Events & Security LLC an Idaho-based Limited Liability Corporation.

 The AWFC & the Oregon High Desert Storm ownership is currently in discussions with the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, to eventually call the First Interstate Bank Center home for the 2021 season and beyond. The First Interstate Bank Center is a 4,000 seat indoor arena located in Redmond, Oregon.

 The High Desert Storm will be taking a grassroots approach to bring pro football to the High Desert area. While a number of upgrades will be necessary to the First Interstate Bank Center prior to play, a planned build-out will accommodate the needs of a professional AWFC indoor football team. Planned upgrades include the arrival of a temporary turf field, dasher boards, and goal posts which would also be required before the team could begin play. The AWFC and the High Desert Storm, in conjunction with Deschutes County Fair & Expo officials, are working on a plan to provide these needed items for a successful launch as part of the 2021 American West Football Conference season. While the team plans to begin to play for the 2021 season, due to unknowns of the COVID-19 Pandemic the AWFC may be forced to leave room to have its inaugural High Desert season in 2022 if necessary. 

“Our goal is to build a community-based team, where the surrounding community can attend an affordable source of family-friendly entertainment. We chose Central Oregon due to the great community and venue that appears to be a perfect fit for indoor football. We are excited to bring professional indoor football to this great community, and look forward to beginning play as early as the 2021 season” said Chris Reynolds, Chairman of the AWFC.

The AWFC provides a platform for former collegiate athletes who have exhausted their college eligibility and fell short of an NFL/CFL/XFL opportunity to continue striving for that opportunity of reaching the next level. 

The High Desert Storm will host its first tryout on November 21, 2020, at the Deschutes County Expo located 3800 SW, SE Airport Ave Redmond, Oregon. This will be a closed tryout and Registration & times will be online only at Additional Tryout dates and times will be announced soon.

 The High Desert Storm is currently in search of interns/volunteers who would love to gain experience working for a professional organization. Those interested may send a resume to to become a part of the newest professional team in Oregon. The American West Football Conference plans to return for 2021 with the league opener kicking off mid-March. The current teams in the league are the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks (Wenatchee, WA), Yakima Canines (Yakima, WA), and last year's undefeated Champions 13-0 Idaho Horsemen (Nampa, Idaho) with possibly more expansion teams coming in. 2021 will be the AWFC sophomore season as 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19 

All the member teams are continuously preparing and striving to play in 2021 through this COVID pandemic, and are working with officials in each community for a return to safe competition as early as health officials deem it safe. Platinum Events & Security LLC. Oregon High Desert Storm. 

General Manager 

Tami Cook