Tri-Cities Fever

Fever awaits word after tornado damages Billings arena

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Tri-Cities Fever lost 68-40 to the Billings Outlaws on Saturday night at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

Less than 24 hours later, a tornado ripped through the arena.

According to the Billings Gazette, several tornadoes were seen in the Billings area Sunday afternoon, and one tore through the MetraPark.

According to the Gazette, the arena was destroyed, with the eastern side of it being torn away and the roof shredded.

The Indoor Football League was scheduled Sunday to release the first-round playoff matchups, but had not done so.

As of Saturday night, Tri-Cities was scheduled to travel back to Billings next Sunday for a playoff game. But early assessments of the arena have it impossible to be fixed before then.

Teri Carr, the Fever's owner, said Sunday night the game would still be played in Billings. The Outlaws were waiting until today or Tuesday to make any announcements as they were making alternative plans.

Other Intense Conference matchups have Fairbanks at San Angelo, West Texas at Amarillo, and Corpus Christi at Arkansas.