The Alabama Hammers is a professional indoor football team based in Huntsville, Alabama. The team is currently a member of the Professional Indoor Football League. The Hammers originally began play as an expansion team in the Southern Indoor Football League in 2011. The Hammers are the third indoor football team to play at the Von Braun Center, following the defunct Arena Football team most recently known as the Alabama Vipers, which played from 2000 to 2004 and 2006 to 2010, and the 2005 Tennessee Valley Raptors of United Indoor Football. The owner of the Hammers is Southern Sports Entertainment, LLC. The Hammers play their home games at the Von Braun Center. Their name comes from the Yellowhammer, the state bird of Alabama.