ERIE — The Erie Explosion indoor football team has announced it is suspending operations for the 2016 season.

In a release, the Explosion cited the team's inability "to secure medical staff for the season."

It was reported by WJET-TV that the Events Center had not renewed the Explosion's contract.

"The safety of our players is the top priority of the Erie Explosion," the release stated, adding, "We hope to bring action-packed, fan-friendly indoor football back to Erie for the 2017 season."

The Explosion, 2-9 last season, moved to the Professional Indoor Football League for the 2015 season after winning back-to-back titles in the Continental Indoor Football League.

The team announced on Aug. 26 that it had joined the new Indoor Football Alliance, which was to be made up of the CIFL and Supreme Indoor Football. However, not long after that announcement, two teams — the Saginaw Sting and Marion Blue Racers — joined another league, American Indoor Football.

That left the new league temporarily with just two franchises — the Explosion and the Cape Fear Heroes — as the Indoor Football Alliance scrambled to secure new members. The website announced that the Kentucky Lightning and Buffalo Lightning Bolts had joined the IFA.

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