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Semi-Pro Football Team Coming to Brooklyn

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The Fall Experimental Football League says the Brooklyn Bolts are set to be one of four teams making their debut in October and will play out of MCU Park on Coney Island. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.

MCU Park may be home to the Brooklyn Cyclones, but the ballpark will soon be transformed to a football stadium, where you'll be able to watch the inaugural season of the Brooklyn Bolts.

"I think it's wonderful that they would be bringing this here to Brooklyn," said one person attending a Cyclones game Saturday. "It adds to the community, and I think it would bring out a lot of families."

"It's going to be kind of fun to watch something different in this stadium," said another. "I'll come out here to see a game."

The new Fall Experimental Football League is putting one of its four teams in Brooklyn.

Commissioner Brian Woods said the teams will play a six-game regular season schedule beginning in October.

The other cities hosting teams are Omaha, Miami and Boston.

"I tell people all the time, it's a minor-league business model, but it's a major-league product," Woods said.

So who are the men who will soon play on this field? They are mostly young football players cut from NFL rosters in the last weeks of the preseason.

"Most people in the industry, especially people in football, know there needs to be another platform, if you will, to develop young players," Woods said. "There is no other platform right now."

FXFL is not affiliated with the NFL, but the hope is that players will grow and advance.

Fans who showed up to watch the Cyclones play Saturday night said this is good news for Brooklyn, its businesses and people.

"Whether it's semi-pro, whether it's professional, as long as a young kid can go see someone play, that's great," said one person at the game.

"We went from having really nothing in Brooklyn since the Dodgers, which was many years ago, and now, there's three teams," said another.

"It'll definitely attract a lot of attention from the other boroughs besides Brooklyn," said a third. "I'm from Queens, so I come here all the time to the Cyclones games."

One thing's for sure: these fans are definitely ready for some football.

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