On September 5, 2012, a press conference was held at the Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Allen, TX to announce the official launch of a new Indoor Football League team to play in the Allen Event Center. In this press conference, members of the team’s front office staff and ownership group launched a county-wide “Name YOUR Team” contest, with one lucky fan winning $5,000 for choosing the team’s name. In addition, it was announced that the team had added on two local celebrities to the ownership group, former Heisman Trophy winner and Oakland Raider Tim Brown, as well as local attorney and State Senator Ken Paxton.
After more than 1,000 submissions, the team chose the name Texas Revolution as the identity for the new organization. At a press conference on September 19, the name and logo were unveiled in grand fashion, as a human sign of 10 people helped to spell out the name Revolution on the roof of a replica of the Alamo. Immediately after, a horse carrying a rider wearing Texas Revolution garb trotted around the building holding a flag with the Revolution logo emblazoned on it.
After five years in Allen, the Revs announced a move to Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco. In the last four years, the Revolution have gone 25-5 at home, winning the franchises’ first championship in 2017. The team has won Game Ops of the Year in Champions Indoor Football (CIF) the last two seasons.
The Revolution boast the most experienced front office in the CIF, with former IFL Commissioner Tommy Benizio as the team’s CEO. With over 20 years of experience running and owning professional sports teams, Tommy built a staff that includes former colleague with the Odessa Roughnecks Professional Football team, Charlie Hildbold. Hildbold, in his sixth season with the team and the fourth season as team President has over 10 years of sports experience, winning a Game Ops of the Year award in Odessa, before starting the Richmond Revolution, the team that won an IFL Franchise of the Year award and Media Relations of the Year award in their first season in 2010.
The staff contains other seasoned professionals Cameron Irvine (Director of Communications), Jeremy Phillips (Director of Ticket Operations) and David Van Wagenen (Office Manager) as well as a great group of interns for the 2018 season.