Ho-Chunk Buys Indoor Football Team, Relocates it to Lincoln


Ho-Chunk, Inc. has bought a majority stake in an indoor football team. The economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will relocate the team, formerly known as the Council Bluffs Express, to Lincoln's Pershing Center auditorium.

The team will be renamed the Lincoln Haymakers after the capital city's Haymarket area, Morgan told The Omaha World-Herald. It will play in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League.

Ho-Chunk has primarily focused on housing, construction and government contracts. This new venture is an effort to economically diversify and tap the Lincoln market, Morgan said.

“We want to do something obvious and high-profile in Lincoln,” Lance Morgan, the CEO of Ho-Chunk, told The Omaha World-Herald.

The ownership group additionally includes local businessmen Brad Lindgren and Justin Hayes.

“We felt this is a solid group of owners from Council Bluffs that played recently at the Mid-American Center,” Thomas Lorenz, general manager of Pershing Center, told The Lincoln Star Journal. “We said we’d work with them for two years, but after that, we don’t know because we don’t know the future of Pershing Auditorium at this time.”