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Encyclopedia > Arena Football League
Arena Football League
Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
Founded 1987
No. of teams 17
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Most recent champion(s) San Jose SaberCats
Official website Arena Football

The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. The AFL's attendance has increased dramatically over the last few years, rising to an average of 12,415 people per game in 2007.[1] The AFL also maintains a minor league called af2. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... See also: 1986 in sports, other events of 1987, 1988 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bill Elliott won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1995 Home arena HP Pavilion at San Jose City, State San Jose, California Head Coach Darren Arbet ArenaBowl championships 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Conference titles 2007 Division titles 7: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005... See also: 1986 in sports, other events of 1987, 1988 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bill Elliott won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... // 1 : Darts - Raymond Van Barneveld beats Phil Taylor 7-6 in sets to win the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship. ... Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ... af2 (short for arenafootball2) is the name of the Arena Football Leagues minor league, which started play in 2000. ...

Contents

History

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"Playtest Game"

Eventual Arena Football League founder Jim Foster, a former National Football League and United States Football League executive, originally had a contract in hand in 1983 to play an exhibition game on the NBC television network, two decades before the first regular season games appeared on that network. He abandoned the plan, though, when the USFL was formed and did not return to his newly created sport until 1986. The first AFL game was played, called a "playtest game", in Rockford, Illinois at the MetroCentre between the Rockford Metros and the Chicago Politicians. These teams were the first ever arena football teams. Jim Foster is the founder of the Arena Football League in 1987. ... NFL redirects here. ... “USFL” redirects here. ... See also: 1982 in sports, other events of 1983, 1984 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Bobby Allison Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Al Unser won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Tom Sneva Formula One Championship - Nelson... This article is about the television network. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... “USFL” redirects here. ... See also: 1985 in sports, other events of 1986, 1987 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Geoff Bodine won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Rahal Formula One Championship - Alain Prost of France 24... A playtest is the process by which a game designer tests a new game for bugs and improvements before bringing it to market. ... , Nickname: The Forest City Country State County Township Elevation 715 ft (218 m) Coordinates , Area 56. ... MetroCentre is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Rockford, Illinois. ... The Rockford Metros were an Arena football team formed by Arena Football League founder Jim Foster for the purposes of playing a test game in Rockford, Illinois in the spring of 1986 at the Metro Center. ... The Chicago Politicians were a team formed in 1986 by Arena Football League founder Jim Foster to play an initial test game in Rockford, Illinois versus the Rockford Metros. ...


The AFL Begins

The AFL was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. The league's inaugural season featured four teams: the Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite, Pittsburgh Gladiators, and Washington Commandos. The teams played a six-game season, culminating in Arena Bowl I, where Denver defeated Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. See also: 1986 in sports, other events of 1987, 1988 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bill Elliott won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... The Chicago Bruisers were a charter member of the Arena Football League, playing in the four-team demonstration season of 1987. ... The Denver Dynamite were a charter member of the Arena Football League, playing in the inaugural four-team demonstration season of 1987. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 1987 Home arena St. ... Categories: Stub | Defunct American football teams | Washington, DC sports ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ...


In 1990, Foster was awarded a patent for arena football and the equipment unique to it—the only known instance of a game being patented anywhere in the world. This means that other indoor football leagues must play under significantly different rules; the patent, however, expired on September 30, 2007, opening the door to other indoor football leagues using such rules under Foster's old patent. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Patent (disambiguation). ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Early years

From its inception, the AFL operated in a state of semi-obscurity; many Americans had heard the term "arena football" but knew little to nothing about the league itself.


From the 1987 season until the late 1990s, the most exposure the league would receive was on ESPN, which would air tape-delayed games, often well after midnight. The league would receive its first taste of wide exposure in 1998, when Arena Bowl XII was televised nationally as part of ABC's Wide World of Sports. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... ArenaBowl is the name of the Arena Football League championship game. ... ABCs Wide World of Sports is a long-running sports anthology show on American television. ...


One of the league's early success stories was the Detroit Drive. A primary team for some of the AFL's most highly regarded players, including George LaFrance, Gary and Alvin Rettig, as well as being a second career chance for quarterback Art Schlichter, the Drive regularly played before sold out crowds at Joe Louis Arena, and went to the ArenaBowl every year of their existence (1988-1993). However, the AFL's first dynasty came to an end when their owner, Mike Ilitch (who also owned Little Caesar's Pizza) bought the Detroit Tigers, and sold the team. Categories: Defunct American football teams | American football stubs ... George LaFrance (born September 24, 1965) is a former Arena Football League offensive specialist. ... Art Schlichter (born April 25, 1960 in Washington Court House, Ohio) is a former college and professional American football quarterback, perhaps now known more for his compulsive gambling and other legal problems. ... Joe Louis Arena, nicknamed Hockeytown, The Joe, and JLA, is the home of the National Hockey League franchise the Detroit Red Wings. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Mike and Marian Ilitch founded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42, Cobb Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Motor City Kitties, The Bengals, The Tigs, The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999...


Although the Drive left the league, the AFL still has a number of teams today which it considers "dynasties", including the Tampa Bay Storm (the only team that has existed in some form for all twenty seasons), their archrival the Orlando Predators, the San Jose Sabercats of the present decade, and their rivals the Arizona Rattlers. The Albany/Indiana Firebirds, though they only won one championship, could also be considered a dynasty, based on the fact that they achieved the rare feat of remaining in one city for ten years. Conference National Division Southern Year founded 1987 Home arena St. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 1991 Home arena Hummer Field at Amway Arena City, State Orlando, Florida Head Coach Jay Gruden ArenaBowl championships 2: 1998, 2000 Conference titles 1: 2006 Division titles 7: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006 Wild Card berths 8: 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1995 Home arena HP Pavilion at San Jose City, State San Jose, California Head Coach Darren Arbet ArenaBowl championships 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Conference titles 2007 Division titles 7: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1992 Home arena US Airways Center City, State Phoenix, Arizona Head Coach Gene Nudo ArenaBowl championships 2: 1994, 1997 Conference titles none Division titles 5: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004 Wild Card berths 8: 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 Arizona Rattlers... The Indiana Firebirds were a team in the Arena Football League. ...


In 1993 the league staged its first, and only to date, All-Star game in Des Moines, Iowa, the future home of the Iowa Barnstormers, as a fundraiser for flood victims in the area. The National Conference defeated the American Conference 64-40 in front of a crowd of 7,189. “Des Moines” redirects here. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 1995 Home arena Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum City, State Uniondale, New York Head Coach Weylan Harding ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 8: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 Wild Card berths 3: 1995, 2001, 2006 The New York Dragons are... The Great Flood of 1993 was a major flood that occurred in the American Midwest, along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and their tributaries, from April to October of 1993. ...


While the aforementioned teams have enjoyed success, many teams in the history of the league have enjoyed little to no success. There are also a number of franchises which existed in the form of a number of unrelated teams under numerous management groups until they folded (an example is the New York CityHawks whose owners transferred the team from New York to Hartford to become the New England Sea Wolves after two seasons, then after another two seasons were sold and became the Toronto Phantoms, who lasted another two seasons until folding). There are a number of reasons why these teams failed, including lack of financial support from owners, lack of media exposure, to the city's plain disinterest in the team. Today, this isn't seen as much of a problem, as team owners typically own other sports franchises as well, receive adequate media coverage from their home cities, and most teams have a sizeable fan base. Categories: Sports stubs | Defunct American football teams | New York City sports ... This article is about the state. ... Hartford redirects here. ... Categories: Sports stubs | Defunct American football teams ... Year founded 1997 Year folded 2002 Prior names New York CityHawks, New England Sea Wolves ArenaBowl championships none The Toronto Phantoms was the final name of a team in the Arena Football League, that also operated in New York City and New England. ...


The New Millennium

The year 2000 brought a heightened interest in the AFL. Then-St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, who was MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV, was first noticed because he played quarterback for the AFL's Iowa Barnstormers. While many sports commentators and fans continued to ridicule the league, Warner's story gave the league positive exposure, and it brought the league a new television deal with TNN, who, unlike ESPN, would televise regular season games live. While it was not financially lucrative, it helped set the stage for what the league would become in the new millennium. Also, the year 2000 brought a spin-off league, the af2, intended to be a developmental league. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... City St. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971, Burlington, Iowa) is a professional American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. ... Date January 30, 2000 Stadium Georgia Dome City Atlanta, Georgia MVP Kurt Warner, Quarterback Favorite Rams by 7 National anthem Faith Hill Coin toss Super Bowl IV participants: Bud Grant, Lamar Hunt, Bobby Bell, Paul Krause, Willie Lanier, Alan Page, and Jan Stenerud Referee Bob McElwee Halftime show Phil Collins... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 1995 Home arena Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum City, State Uniondale, New York Head Coach Weylan Harding ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 8: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 Wild Card berths 3: 1995, 2001, 2006 The New York Dragons are... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... af2 (short for arenafootball2) is the name of the Arena Football Leagues minor league, which started play in 2000. ...


Rules

  • The Field: An indoor padded surface 85 feet wide and 50 yards long with eight-yard endzones. Goal posts are nine-feet wide with a crossbar height of 15 feet (NFL goalposts are 18 1/2 wide with the crossbar at 10 feet). The goalside rebound nets are 30 feet wide by 32 feet high. The bottom of the nets are eight feet above the ground. Sideline barriers are 48 inches high and made of high density foam rubber.
  • The Equipment: The official football is the same size and weight as the National Football League ball. Each ball is manufactured by Spalding Sporting Goods.
  • The Players and Formations: Eight players on the field; 20-man active roster; four-man inactive roster.
  • Substitution:
    • play both sides of the ball.
    • 2007 season and future: The AFL now allows free substitution, the new rule greatly limits the ironman concept of the game, but some players play both ways by either choice, or to step in due to injury.
  • Formation: Four (4) offensive players must line up on the line of scrimmage. Three (3) defensive players must be down linemen (in a three of four-point stance). Only the "Mac Linebacker" may blitz on either side of the center. Alignment is two (2) or more yards off the line of scrimmage. No stunting or twisting. Offensive motion in the backfield: One receiver may go in a forward motion before the snap.
  • Timing: Four 15 minute quarters with a 15-minute halftime. The clock stops for out-of-bounds plays or incomplete passes only in the last minute of each half or when the referee deems it necessary for penalties, injuries or timeouts. Each team is allowed three (3) time-outs per half.
  • Movement of the Ball and Scoring: Four (4) downs are allowed to advance the ball ten (10) yards for a first down, or to score. Six (6) points for a touchdown. One (1) point for a conversion by place kick after a touchdown, two (2) points for a conversion by drop kick and two (2) points for successful run or pass after a touchdown. Three (3) points for a field goal by placement or four (4) points for a field goal by drop kick. Two (2) points for a safety.
  • The Kicking: Kickoffs are from the goal line. Kickers may use a one-inch tee. Punting is illegal. On fourth down, a team may go for a first down, touchdown or field goal. The receiving team may field any kickoff or missed field goal that rebounds off the net. Any kickoff untouched which is out of bounds will be placed at the 20-yard line or the place where it went out of bounds, whichever is more advantageous to the receiving team. If a kickoff goes beyond the end zone and stays in bounds (such as kicking it into the field goal "slack net" or if the ball goes under the net), the ball will come out to the 5-yard line. The same is true if a missed field goal attempt goes beyond the end zone and under the net.
  • Passing: Passing rules in Arena Football are the same as outdoor NCAA Football in which receivers must have one foot inbounds. A unique exception involves the rebound nets. A forward pass that rebounds off of the endzone net is a live ball and is in play until it touches the playing surface.
  • Overtime Rules: Overtime periods are 15 minutes during the regular season and the playoffs. Each team gets one possession to score. If, after each team has had one possession and one team is ahead, that team wins. If the teams are tied after each has had a possession, the next team to score wins.

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Growth of the League

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Cleveland


Average attendance for AFL games were around 10,000-11,000 per game in the 1990s, though during the recession connected to the dot-com bubble and the September 11, 2001 attacks average attendance dropped below 10,000 for several years. For the past four seasons, average attendance has been above 12,000, with 12,392 in 2007.[1]. 11 of the current 17 teams had average attendance figures over 13,000 in 2007. The Cleveland AFL team is an unnamed Arena Football League team currently relocating to Cleveland, Ohio from Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 1991 Home arena Hummer Field at Amway Arena City, State Orlando, Florida Head Coach Jay Gruden ArenaBowl championships 2: 1998, 2000 Conference titles 1: 2006 Division titles 7: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006 Wild Card berths 8: 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 1987 Home arena St. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 2006 Home arena EnergySolutions Arena City, State Salt Lake City, Utah Head Coach Danny White ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles none Wild Card berths 2: 2006 & 2007 The Utah Blaze is an Arena Football League team based in Salt Lake City... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2002 Home arena American Airlines Center City, State Dallas, Texas Head Coach Will McClay ArenaBowl championships None Conference titles None Division titles 3: 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 1: 2002 The Dallas Desperados are an Arena Football League team that began play in... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2004 Home arena New Orleans Arena City, State New Orleans, Louisiana Head Coach Mike Neu ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2004 Wild Card berths none The New Orleans VooDoo is a team in the Arena Football League, and is owned... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2001 Home arena Philips Arena City, State Atlanta, Georgia Wild card titles 1: 2003 Division titles 1: 2005 Conference titles 1: 2005 ArenaBowl championships none The Georgia Force is in no way related to the San Antonio Force, which was an Arena Football League... Conference American Division Central Year founded 2006 Home arena Kemper Arena (2006-2007); Sprint Center (2008-) City, State Kansas City, Missouri Head Coach Kevin Porter ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles none Wild Card berths 1: 2007 The Kansas City Brigade is a team from the Arena Football... Conference American Division Central Year founded 1998 Home arena Van Andel Arena City, State Grand Rapids, Michigan Head Coach Steve Thonn ArenaBowl championships 1: 2001 Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2001 Wild Card berths 4: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 The Grand Rapids Rampage is an Arena Football League team... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 1999 Home arena Nationwide Arena City, State Columbus, Ohio Head Coach Doug Kay ArenaBowl championships 0 Conference titles 0 Division titles 1: 2007 Wild Card berths 3: 2000, 2002, 2007 The Columbus Destroyers are an Arena Football League team. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 1995 Home arena Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum City, State Uniondale, New York Head Coach Weylan Harding ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 8: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 Wild Card berths 3: 1995, 2001, 2006 The New York Dragons are... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ... Conference American Division Central Year founded 2001 Home arena Allstate Arena City, State Rosemont, Illinois Head Coach Mike Hohensee ArenaBowl championships 1: 2006 Conference titles 1: 2006 Division titles 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 The Chicago Rush are a team in the Arena... Conference American Division Central Year founded 2003 Home arena Pepsi Center City, State Denver, Colorado Head Coach Mike Dailey ArenaBowl championships 1: 2005 Conference titles 1: 2005 Division titles 2: 2005 & 2006 Wild Card berths 2: 2004 & 2007 Colorado Crush is an Arena Football League team that began play as... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1992 Home arena US Airways Center City, State Phoenix, Arizona Head Coach Gene Nudo ArenaBowl championships 2: 1994, 1997 Conference titles none Division titles 5: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004 Wild Card berths 8: 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 Arizona Rattlers... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1995 Home arena HP Pavilion at San Jose City, State San Jose, California Head Coach Darren Arbet ArenaBowl championships 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Conference titles 2007 Division titles 7: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005... Conference American Division Western Year founded 2000 Home arena Staples Center City, State Los Angeles, California Head Coach Ed Hodgkiss ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2005 Wild Card berths 4: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 The Los Angeles Avengers is an Arena Football League (AFL) team based... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly...


Television

Main article: AFL on NBC

Beginning with the 2003 season, the AFL made a deal with NBC to televise league games, which was renewed for another two years in 2005. In conjunction with this, the league moved the beginning of the season from May to February (the week after the NFL's Super Bowl) and scheduled most of its games on Sunday instead of Friday or Saturday as it had in the past. In 2006, due to the XX Winter Olympic Games, the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Daytona 500, NBC scaled back from weekly coverage to scattered coverage during the regular season, but committed to a full playoff schedule ending with the 20th ArenaBowl. NBC and the Arena Football League officially severed ties on June 30, 2006, having failed to reach a new broadcast deal. Las Vegas owner Jim Ferraro stated during a radio interview that the reason why a deal failed is because ESPN refused to show highlights or even mention a product being broadcast on NBC. The AFL on NBC is an NBC Sports TV program that shows Arena Football League games since the 2003 season. ... Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football is a presentation of the Arena Football League on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Radio and ESPN on ABC. The telecasts are also expected to be simucast on ESPNHD, ESPN2HD and ABC HD. The agreement will run from the 2007 season opener and last five years through... // World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: Mens all-around champions: Paul Hamm, USA, Yang Wei, China Womens all-around champion: Svetlana Khorkina, Russia Mens team competition champion: China Womens team competition champion: USA April 13 — Rotterdam Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: William Kiplagat (KEN) 2:07:42 Women... This article is about the television network. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see May (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Neve and Gliz, the 2006 Olympics mascots, on display in Turin The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... The ArenaBowl is the Arena Football Leagues championship game. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1997 Home arena Orleans Arena City, State Las Vegas, Nevada Wild card titles 3: 1997, 1998, 2003 Division titles 1: 2002 Conference titles none ArenaBowl championships none The Las Vegas Gladiators have no connection to the Pittsburgh Gladiators, the Arena Football League team that... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ...


For the 2006 season only, the AFL added a national cable deal with OLN (now Versus) for eleven regular-season games and one playoff game. Versus (previously known as OLN until a name change on September 25, 2006) is a cable television sports channel owned by Comcast and shown in the United States. ...


On December 19, 2006, ESPN announced the purchase of a minority stake in the AFL. This deal includes television rights for the ESPN family of networks. ESPN will televise a minimum of 17 regular season games, most on Monday Nights, and 9 playoff games, including ArenaBowl XXI on ABC. [2] The deal resulted in added exposure on ESPN's SportsCenter. is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Date July 21, 2007 Arena New Orleans Arena City New Orleans, Louisiana Attendance Offensive Player of the Game Defensive Player of the Game Ironman of the Game Winning Coach Losing Coach U.S. TV Network ABC Announcers Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic ArenaBowl XXI is the 2007 championship game of... ABC Sports redirects here. ... This article is about the American ESPN show. ...


The AFL also has a regional-cable deal with FSN, where FSN regional affiliates in AFL markets carry local team games. Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles. ...

See also: List of ArenaBowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers that have broadcast the ArenaBowl over the years. ...

Expanding the season

The practice of playing one or two preseason exhibition games by each team prior to the start of the regular season was discontinued when the NBC contract was initiated, and the regular season was extended from 14 games, the length that it had been since 1996, to 16. Exhibition may refer to: Exhibition (scholarship), a small grant Worlds Fair Exhibition game, a friendly match Art exhibition Exhibition (equestrian), a sport involving horse and riders Science fair State fair Funfair Trade fair Xzibit See also Look up exhibition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... // June 16 — Enschede Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: John Mandu (KEN) 2:15:14 Womens Winner: Mieke Pullen (NED) 2:41:13 July 28 — Olympic Marathon, Atlanta, Georgia (USA) Womens Winner: Fatuma Roba (ETH) 2:26:05 August 4 — Olympic Marathon, Atlanta, Georgia (USA) Mens Winner: Josia...


Video Games

The first video game based on the AFL was Arena Football for C-64 released in 1988. On May 18, 2000, Kurt Warner's Arena Football Unleashed was released by Midway Games for the Playstation game console. On February 7, 2006 EA Sports released Arena Football for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. EA Sports released another AFL video game, titled Arena Football: Road to Glory, on February 21, 2007, for PlayStation 2.[3] Computer and video games redirects here. ... Arena Football is a 1988 Commodore 64 computer game coded by Chris R. Bickford III. It is essentially the first Arena or Indoor Football game ever created. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Super Bowl MVP quarterback Kurt Warner returns to his arena league roots to lead the indoor warfare in this release from Midway. ... Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) is an American video game publisher. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... current EA Sports logo EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ... Cover of the Playstation 2 version of Arena Football, featuring Colorado Crush quarterback John Dutton. ... PS2 redirects here. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... current EA Sports logo EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Literature

In 2001, Jeff Foley published War on the Floor: An Average Guy Plays in the Arena Football League and Lives to Write About It. The book details a journalist's two preseasons (1999 and 2000) as an offensive specialist/writer with the now-defunct Albany Firebirds. The 5-foot-6 (170 cm), self-described "unathletic writer" played in three preseason games and had one catch for -2 yards. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Indiana Firebirds were a team in the Arena Football League. ...


Sponsored divisions

In perhaps one of the most unusual sponsorship deals ever assembled by an American sports league, the AFL renamed all four of its divisions after Mitsubishi Motors as of the 2008 season. Sponsorship can refer to several concepts: A sponsors support of an event, activity, person, or organization. ... Mitsubishi Motors Corporation ) is the fifth largest automaker in Japan and the thirteenth largest in the world by unit sales. ...


Teams

National Conference
Division Team Arena City/Area
Eastern Columbus Destroyers Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio
Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, Ohio
Dallas Desperados American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas
New York Dragons Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, New York (Long Island)
Philadelphia Soul Wachovia Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Southern Alabama Steeldogs Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex Birmingham, Alabama
Georgia Force The Arena at Gwinnett Center Duluth, Georgia
New Orleans VooDoo New Orleans Arena New Orleans, Louisiana
Orlando Predators Amway Arena Orlando, Florida
Tampa Bay Storm St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, Florida
American Conference
Division Team Arena City/Area
Central Chicago Rush Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois
Colorado Crush Pepsi Center Denver, Colorado
Grand Rapids Rampage Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kansas City Brigade Sprint Center Kansas City, Missouri
Western Arizona Rattlers US Airways Center Phoenix, Arizona
Los Angeles Avengers Staples Center Los Angeles, California
San Jose SaberCats HP Pavilion San Jose, California
Utah Blaze EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City, Utah

The Eastern Division is one of four divisions that make up the Arena Football League. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 1999 Home arena Nationwide Arena City, State Columbus, Ohio Head Coach Doug Kay ArenaBowl championships 0 Conference titles 0 Division titles 1: 2007 Wild Card berths 3: 2000, 2002, 2007 The Columbus Destroyers are an Arena Football League team. ... Nationwide Arena is a sports and entertainment arena in Columbus, Ohio. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... The Cleveland AFL team is an unnamed Arena Football League team currently relocating to Cleveland, Ohio from Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Quicken Loans Arena (aka The Q) is a multipurpose arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Until August 2005, it was known as Gund Arena, named for Gordon Gund, a former owner of the Cavaliers, after he paid for the naming rights. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2002 Home arena American Airlines Center City, State Dallas, Texas Head Coach Will McClay ArenaBowl championships None Conference titles None Division titles 3: 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 1: 2002 The Dallas Desperados are an Arena Football League team that began play in... The American Airlines Center is an arena located in the Victory Park neighborhood near downtown Dallas, Texas that is used for hockey games, basketball games, football games and concerts. ... Dallas redirects here. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 1995 Home arena Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum City, State Uniondale, New York Head Coach Weylan Harding ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 8: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 Wild Card berths 3: 1995, 2001, 2006 The New York Dragons are... The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, commonly known as Nassau Coliseum (or simply The Coliseum), is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Uniondale, New York, on Long Island. ... Looking east over Uniondale Uniondale is a hamlet (and census-designated place) as well as a suburb of New York City in Nassau County, New York, United States, on Long Island, in the Town of Hempstead. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ... The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... The Southern Division is one of four divisions of the Arena Football League. ... The Alabama Steeldogs, originally known as the Birmingham Steeldogs, were incorporated in 2000 as one of the charter teams in the af2, the developmental league of the Arena Football League. ... The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (formerly Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center) is a sports, convention and entertainment complex located in Birmingham, Alabama. ... Nickname: Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: , Country State County Jefferson, Shelby Government  - Mayor Bernard Kincaid (D) Area  - City  151. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2001 Home arena Philips Arena City, State Atlanta, Georgia Wild card titles 1: 2003 Division titles 1: 2005 Conference titles 1: 2005 ArenaBowl championships none The Georgia Force is in no way related to the San Antonio Force, which was an Arena Football League... The Arena at Gwinnett Center is an indoor arena located in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, Georgia. ... A picture from the annual Duluth Fall Festival Duluth is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and a suburb of Atlanta located in the Metro Atlanta area. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2004 Home arena New Orleans Arena City, State New Orleans, Louisiana Head Coach Mike Neu ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2004 Wild Card berths none The New Orleans VooDoo is a team in the Arena Football League, and is owned... The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... NOLA redirects here. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 1991 Home arena Hummer Field at Amway Arena City, State Orlando, Florida Head Coach Jay Gruden ArenaBowl championships 2: 1998, 2000 Conference titles 1: 2006 Division titles 7: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006 Wild Card berths 8: 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001... Amway Arena (formerly known as the Orlando Arena, TD Waterhouse Centre, and The Arena in Orlando [1], and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena) is an indoor arena in Orlando, Florida. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 101 sq mi (261. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 1987 Home arena St. ... The St. ... Tampa redirects here. ... The Central Division is one of four divisions that make up the Arena Football League. ... Conference American Division Central Year founded 2001 Home arena Allstate Arena City, State Rosemont, Illinois Head Coach Mike Hohensee ArenaBowl championships 1: 2006 Conference titles 1: 2006 Division titles 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 The Chicago Rush are a team in the Arena... The Allstate Arena is a sports arena in Rosemont, Illinois, which is home to the Chicago Wolves hockey club, DePaul University mens basketball, and the Chicago Rush Arena football team. ... Rosemont is a village located in Cook County, Illinois, founded in 1956. ... Conference American Division Central Year founded 2003 Home arena Pepsi Center City, State Denver, Colorado Head Coach Mike Dailey ArenaBowl championships 1: 2005 Conference titles 1: 2005 Division titles 2: 2005 & 2006 Wild Card berths 2: 2004 & 2007 Colorado Crush is an Arena Football League team that began play as... Pepsi Center is an arena located in Denver, Colorado, USA. The building is home to the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Crush. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country State Founded [1] November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Government  - Type Strong Mayor/Weak Council  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area [1]  - City & County  154. ... Conference American Division Central Year founded 1998 Home arena Van Andel Arena City, State Grand Rapids, Michigan Head Coach Steve Thonn ArenaBowl championships 1: 2001 Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2001 Wild Card berths 4: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 The Grand Rapids Rampage is an Arena Football League team... The Van Andel Arena. ... Grand Rapids redirects here. ... Conference American Division Central Year founded 2006 Home arena Kemper Arena (2006-2007); Sprint Center (2008-) City, State Kansas City, Missouri Head Coach Kevin Porter ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles none Wild Card berths 1: 2007 The Kansas City Brigade is a team from the Arena Football... Sprint Center[1] is a large, multi-use indoor arena in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... The Western Division is one of four divisions that make up the Arena Football League. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1992 Home arena US Airways Center City, State Phoenix, Arizona Head Coach Gene Nudo ArenaBowl championships 2: 1994, 1997 Conference titles none Division titles 5: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004 Wild Card berths 8: 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 Arizona Rattlers... US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) is a sports and entertainment facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 2000 Home arena Staples Center City, State Los Angeles, California Head Coach Ed Hodgkiss ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2005 Wild Card berths 4: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 The Los Angeles Avengers is an Arena Football League (AFL) team based... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1995 Home arena HP Pavilion at San Jose City, State San Jose, California Head Coach Darren Arbet ArenaBowl championships 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Conference titles 2007 Division titles 7: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005... The HP Pavilion at San Jose, commonly called The Shark Tank, The Tank, both of which come from its primary tenant, or, just simply, the HP Pavillion , or less often as San Jose Arena (after its former name), is an indoor arena located at 525 West Santa Clara Street in... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 2006 Home arena EnergySolutions Arena City, State Salt Lake City, Utah Head Coach Danny White ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles none Wild Card berths 2: 2006 & 2007 The Utah Blaze is an Arena Football League team based in Salt Lake City... The EnergySolutions Arena is an indoor arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States owned by Larry H. Miller. ... Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. ...

Expansion

The Arena Football League has expanded and contracted many times throughout its history. Every year in the AFL there has been at least one team who did not play the previous season with the same name. The AFL has expanded to 19 franchises for the 2006 season. The league conducted an expansion draft in September 2005 in order to stock the Utah Blaze. Because of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans VooDoo announced that they would suspend operations for 2006. Players under contract to the VooDoo were transferred to the expansion Kansas City Brigade franchise. The 2007 season saw the return of arena football to New Orleans. The AFL expanded to the birthplace of professional football as in 2008, Cleveland will receive the region's long awaited team. A (sports) draft is a process by which professional sports teams select players not contracted to any team, often from colleges or amateur ranks. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in September September 28 : Constance Baker Motley September 25 : M. Scott Peck September 25 : Don Adams September 20 : Simon Wiesenthal September 14 : Robert Wise September 10 : Hermann Bondi September 8 : Donald Horne September 7 : Moussa Arafat... Conference American Division Western Year founded 2006 Home arena EnergySolutions Arena City, State Salt Lake City, Utah Head Coach Danny White ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles none Wild Card berths 2: 2006 & 2007 The Utah Blaze is an Arena Football League team based in Salt Lake City... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2004 Home arena New Orleans Arena City, State New Orleans, Louisiana Head Coach Mike Neu ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2004 Wild Card berths none The New Orleans VooDoo is a team in the Arena Football League, and is owned... Conference American Division Central Year founded 2006 Home arena Kemper Arena (2006-2007); Sprint Center (2008-) City, State Kansas City, Missouri Head Coach Kevin Porter ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles none Wild Card berths 1: 2007 The Kansas City Brigade is a team from the Arena Football... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Cleveland redirects here. ...

Year # of Teams Expansion Teams Folded Teams Suspended Teams Returning Teams Relocated Teams Name Changes
1987 4 Chicago Bruisers
Denver Dynamite
Pittsburgh Gladiators
Washington Commandos
1988 6 Detroit Drive
Los Angeles Cobras
New England Steamrollers
New York Knights
Denver Dynamite
Washington Commandos
1989 5 Los Angeles Cobras
New England Steamrollers
New York Knights
Denver Dynamite
Maryland Commandos
1990 6 Albany Firebirds
Dallas Texans
Chicago Bruisers Washington Commandos
(from Maryland)
1991 8 Columbus Thunderbolts
New Orleans Night
Orlando Predators
Washington Commandos Pittsburgh → Tampa Bay Storm
1992 12 Arizona Rattlers
Charlotte Rage
Cincinnati Rockers
Sacramento Attack
San Antonio Force
Denver Dynamite Columbus → Cleveland Thunderbolts
1993 10 New Orleans Night
San Antonio Force
Sacramento → Miami Hooters
1994 11 Fort Worth Cavalry
Las Vegas Sting
Milwaukee Mustangs
Cincinnati Rockers
Dallas Texans
Detroit → Massachusetts Marauders
1995 13 Connecticut Coyotes
Iowa Barnstormers
Memphis Pharaohs
St. Louis Stampede
San Jose SaberCats
Cleveland Thunderbolts
Fort Worth Cavalry
Massachusetts Marauders
1996 15 Minnesota Fighting Pike
Texas Terror
Las Vegas → Anaheim Piranhas Florida Bobcats
(from Miami Hooters)
1997 14 Nashville Kats
New Jersey Red Dogs
New York CityHawks
Charlotte Rage
Connecticut Coyotes
Minnesota Fighting Pike
St. Louis Stampede
Memphis → Portland Forest Dragons
1998 14 Anaheim Piranhas Massachusetts Marauders→Grand Rapids Rampage
(dormant from 1995)
Houston Thunderbears
(from Texas Terror)
1999 15 Buffalo Destroyers New York → New England Sea Wolves
2000 17 Carolina Cobras
Los Angeles Avengers
Portland → Oklahoma Wranglers
2001 19 Chicago Rush
Detroit Fury
Hershey Monsoon
Albany → Indiana Firebirds
Iowa → New York Dragons
New England → Toronto Phantoms
New Jersey Gladiators
(from New Jersey Red Dogs)
2002 16 Dallas Desperados Florida Bobcats
Houston Thunderbears
Milwaukee Mustangs
Oklahoma Wranglers
(all four were contracted)
Nashville → Georgia Force[2]
2003 16 Colorado Crush Toronto Phantoms New Jersey → Las Vegas Gladiators
2004 19 Austin Wranglers
New Orleans VooDoo
Philadelphia Soul
Buffalo → Columbus Destroyers
2005 17 Nashville Kats Carolina Cobras
Detroit Fury
Indiana Firebirds
2006 18 Kansas City Brigade
Utah Blaze
New Orleans VooDoo
2007 19 New Orleans VooDoo
2008
17 Austin Wranglers[3]
Nashville Kats
Las Vegas → Cleveland

The Chicago Bruisers were a charter member of the Arena Football League, playing in the four-team demonstration season of 1987. ... The Denver Dynamite were a charter member of the Arena Football League, playing in the inaugural four-team demonstration season of 1987. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 1987 Home arena St. ... Categories: Stub | Defunct American football teams | Washington, DC sports ... Year founded 1988 Year folded 1994 Prior names Detroit Drive ArenaBowl championships 4: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992 // The Detroit Drive were a professional American football team playing as an Arena Football League team from 1988-1993. ... Year founded 1988 Year folded 1988 Prior names none ArenaBowl championships none // History The Los Angeles Cobras played in the 1988 Arena Football League season only. ... Categories: Sports stubs | Defunct American football teams ... This page is about the Arena Football League team. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 1991 Home arena Hummer Field at Amway Arena City, State Orlando, Florida Head Coach Jay Gruden ArenaBowl championships 2: 1998, 2000 Conference titles 1: 2006 Division titles 7: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006 Wild Card berths 8: 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 1987 Home arena St. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1992 Home arena US Airways Center City, State Phoenix, Arizona Head Coach Gene Nudo ArenaBowl championships 2: 1994, 1997 Conference titles none Division titles 5: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004 Wild Card berths 8: 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 Arizona Rattlers... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1995 Home arena HP Pavilion at San Jose City, State San Jose, California Head Coach Darren Arbet ArenaBowl championships 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Conference titles 2007 Division titles 7: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005... Conference American Division Central Year founded 1998 Home arena Van Andel Arena City, State Grand Rapids, Michigan Head Coach Steve Thonn ArenaBowl championships 1: 2001 Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2001 Wild Card berths 4: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 The Grand Rapids Rampage is an Arena Football League team... Conference American Division Western Year founded 2000 Home arena Staples Center City, State Los Angeles, California Head Coach Ed Hodgkiss ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2005 Wild Card berths 4: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 The Los Angeles Avengers is an Arena Football League (AFL) team based... Conference American Division Central Year founded 2001 Home arena Allstate Arena City, State Rosemont, Illinois Head Coach Mike Hohensee ArenaBowl championships 1: 2006 Conference titles 1: 2006 Division titles 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 The Chicago Rush are a team in the Arena... The Indiana Firebirds were a team in the Arena Football League. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 1995 Home arena Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum City, State Uniondale, New York Head Coach Weylan Harding ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 8: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 Wild Card berths 3: 1995, 2001, 2006 The New York Dragons are... Year founded 1997 Year folded 2002 Prior names New York CityHawks, New England Sea Wolves ArenaBowl championships none The Toronto Phantoms was the final name of a team in the Arena Football League, that also operated in New York City and New England. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1997 Home arena Orleans Arena City, State Las Vegas, Nevada Wild card titles 3: 1997, 1998, 2003 Division titles 1: 2002 Conference titles none ArenaBowl championships none The Las Vegas Gladiators have no connection to the Pittsburgh Gladiators, the Arena Football League team that... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2002 Home arena American Airlines Center City, State Dallas, Texas Head Coach Will McClay ArenaBowl championships None Conference titles None Division titles 3: 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 1: 2002 The Dallas Desperados are an Arena Football League team that began play in... Year founded 1992 Year folded 2001 Prior names Sacramento Attack, Miami Hooters ArenaBowl championships none // History Sacramento Attack (1992) The Sacramento Attack was an Arena Football League team that competed under that name in the 1992 AFL season only. ... Year founded 1996 Year folded 2001 Prior names Texas Terror ArenaBowl championships none // History Texas Terror (1996-1997) The Texas Terror was a franchise in the Arena Football League, a league which plays a scaled-down version of American football in venues primarily designed for ice hockey or basketball. ... Categories: Stub | Defunct American football teams | Milwaukee sports ... Year founded 1995 Year folded 2001 Prior names Memphis Pharaohs, Portland Forest Dragons ArenaBowl championships none // History Memphis Pharaohs (1995-1996) The Memphis Pharaohs, who had played at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis in 1995 and 1996, relocated to Portland, Oregon after a winless (0-14) 1996 campaign. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2001 Home arena Philips Arena City, State Atlanta, Georgia Wild card titles 1: 2003 Division titles 1: 2005 Conference titles 1: 2005 ArenaBowl championships none The Georgia Force is in no way related to the San Antonio Force, which was an Arena Football League... Conference American Division Central Year founded 2003 Home arena Pepsi Center City, State Denver, Colorado Head Coach Mike Dailey ArenaBowl championships 1: 2005 Conference titles 1: 2005 Division titles 2: 2005 & 2006 Wild Card berths 2: 2004 & 2007 Colorado Crush is an Arena Football League team that began play as... Year founded 1997 Year folded 2002 Prior names New York CityHawks, New England Sea Wolves ArenaBowl championships none The Toronto Phantoms was the final name of a team in the Arena Football League, that also operated in New York City and New England. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1997 Home arena Orleans Arena City, State Las Vegas, Nevada Wild card titles 3: 1997, 1998, 2003 Division titles 1: 2002 Conference titles none ArenaBowl championships none The Las Vegas Gladiators have no connection to the Pittsburgh Gladiators, the Arena Football League team that... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2004 Home arena Frank Erwin Center City, State Austin, Texas Wild card titles 1: 2006 Division titles none Conference titles none ArenaBowl championships none The Austin Wranglers are an American football team from Austin, Texas in the Arena Football League. ... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2004 Home arena New Orleans Arena City, State New Orleans, Louisiana Head Coach Mike Neu ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2004 Wild Card berths none The New Orleans VooDoo is a team in the Arena Football League, and is owned... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 1999 Home arena Nationwide Arena City, State Columbus, Ohio Head Coach Doug Kay ArenaBowl championships 0 Conference titles 0 Division titles 1: 2007 Wild Card berths 3: 2000, 2002, 2007 The Columbus Destroyers are an Arena Football League team. ... Conference American Division Central Year founded 1997 Home arena Sommet Center City, State Nashville, Tennessee Head Coach Pat Sperduto ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 2: 1997, 2001 Wild Card berths 4: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006 This page is for the current Nashville Kats, which began play in... Year founded 2000 Year folded 2004 Prior names none ArenaBowl championships none // History The Carolina Cobras were a franchise in the Arena Football League. ... Year founded 2001 Year folded 2004 Prior names none ArenaBowl championships none History The Detroit Fury were an Arena Football League team. ... The Indiana Firebirds were a team in the Arena Football League. ... Conference American Division Central Year founded 2006 Home arena Kemper Arena (2006-2007); Sprint Center (2008-) City, State Kansas City, Missouri Head Coach Kevin Porter ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles none Wild Card berths 1: 2007 The Kansas City Brigade is a team from the Arena Football... Conference American Division Western Year founded 2006 Home arena EnergySolutions Arena City, State Salt Lake City, Utah Head Coach Danny White ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles none Wild Card berths 2: 2006 & 2007 The Utah Blaze is an Arena Football League team based in Salt Lake City... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2004 Home arena New Orleans Arena City, State New Orleans, Louisiana Head Coach Mike Neu ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2004 Wild Card berths none The New Orleans VooDoo is a team in the Arena Football League, and is owned... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2004 Home arena New Orleans Arena City, State New Orleans, Louisiana Head Coach Mike Neu ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2004 Wild Card berths none The New Orleans VooDoo is a team in the Arena Football League, and is owned... Conference National Division Southern Year founded 2004 Home arena Frank Erwin Center City, State Austin, Texas Wild card titles 1: 2006 Division titles none Conference titles none ArenaBowl championships none The Austin Wranglers are an American football team from Austin, Texas in the Arena Football League. ... Conference American Division Central Year founded 1997 Home arena Sommet Center City, State Nashville, Tennessee Head Coach Pat Sperduto ArenaBowl championships none Conference titles none Division titles 2: 1997, 2001 Wild Card berths 4: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006 This page is for the current Nashville Kats, which began play in...

Postseason

See also: ArenaBowl

New Orleans Arena, home of the New Orleans VooDoo, served as the site of ArenaBowl XXI on July 29, 2007. [4] [5] This was the first professional sports championship to be staged in the city since Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. The San Jose SaberCats earned their third championship in six years by defeating the Columbus Destroyers 55-33. [6] The ArenaBowl is the Arena Football Leagues championship game. ... The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Date July 21, 2007 Arena New Orleans Arena City New Orleans, Louisiana Attendance Offensive Player of the Game Defensive Player of the Game Ironman of the Game Winning Coach Losing Coach U.S. TV Network ABC Announcers Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic ArenaBowl XXI is the 2007 championship game of... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in August August 31: Michael Sheard August 26: Lord Fitt August 24: Jack Slipper August 24: Maurice Cowling August 24: Dr. Tom Pashby August 23: Brock Peters August 22: Lord Lane August 21: Robert Moog August... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1995 Home arena HP Pavilion at San Jose City, State San Jose, California Head Coach Darren Arbet ArenaBowl championships 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Conference titles 2007 Division titles 7: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 1999 Home arena Nationwide Arena City, State Columbus, Ohio Head Coach Doug Kay ArenaBowl championships 0 Conference titles 0 Division titles 1: 2007 Wild Card berths 3: 2000, 2002, 2007 The Columbus Destroyers are an Arena Football League team. ...


Commissioners of Arena Football

C. David Baker is the 4th commissioner of the Arena Football League. ... Jim Foster is the founder of the Arena Football League in 1987. ...

Possible Expansion

The following cities were publicly speculated by the AFL as possible future expansion sites during the Commissioner's conference call prior to ArenaBowl XX.[7]

The following markets have potential owners with expansion rights: Boston redirects here. ... Houston redirects here. ... Miami redirects here. ... Sunrise is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... Indianapolis redirects here. ...

Sacramento redirects here. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Washington Redskins owner. ...

See also

Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... The ArenaBowl is the Arena Football Leagues championship game. ... The following is a list of football teams that, at one time, played in the Arena Football League. ... This is a list of current and defunct leagues of American football. ... This is a list of Arena Football League seasons since the league started in 1987. ... Below is a list of Arena Football League arenas: Category: ... The table below lists domestic sports leagues from around the world by total attendances for the last completed season. ...

References and notes

  1. ^ http://www.arenafan.com/statistics/?page=attendance&league=1
  2. ^ The history of the Kats stayed in Nashville, similar to the agreement made between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens of the NFL.
  3. ^ The Austin Wranglers changed leagues from the AFL to af2.

Browns redirects here. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...

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