ArenaBowl

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The ArenaBowl
ArenaBowl-Trophy.jpg
The Foster Trophy is awarded to the ArenaBowl winner
First played August 1, 1987
Trophy Foster Trophy

Recent and upcoming games
2013 season
ArenaBowl XXVI (August 17, 2013)
Arizona Rattlers 48, Philadelphia Soul 39

The ArenaBowl is the Arena Football League's championship game. From 1987 to 2004, the ArenaBowl was hosted by either the team with the better regular-season record or the higher seeding in the playoffs. From ArenaBowl XIX in 2005 until ArenaBowl XXII in 2008, the game was played at a neutral site. When the AFL returned from hiatus in 2010, the original format was used for this and the next season; for 2012 and 2013, the game returned to being played at a neutral site. In 2014, it was announced that the ArenaBowl would return to the format in which the higher-seeded team would host the game.[1]

The ArenaBowl, its trophy and all related intellectual property were purchased by Arena Football 1 on December 7, 2009, along with the rest of the assets of the AFL after it declared bankruptcy.[2] Arena Football 1 eventually assumed the AFL identity, and later announced that the ArenaBowl would continue as the AFL's championship game.

The bas-relief football players on the trophy were originally sculpted in Azbro Wax by Massachusetts sculptor James Linehan for the company New England Pewter.

The current ArenaBowl Champions are the Arizona Rattlers, who won their fourth ArenaBowl championship in 2013.

Results[edit]

Game Date Winning Team Losing Team Site Attendance
ArenaBowl I August 1, 1987 Denver Dynamite 45 Pittsburgh Gladiators 16 Pittsburgh Civic Arena 13,232
ArenaBowl II July 30, 1988 Detroit Drive 24 Chicago Bruisers 13 Rosemont Horizon 15,018
ArenaBowl III August 18, 1989 Detroit Drive 39 Pittsburgh Gladiators 26 Joe Louis Arena 12,046
ArenaBowl IV August 11, 1990 Detroit Drive 51 Dallas Texans 27 Joe Louis Arena 19,875
ArenaBowl V August 17, 1991 Tampa Bay Storm 48 Detroit Drive 42 Joe Louis Arena 20,357
ArenaBowl VI August 22, 1992 Detroit Drive 56 Orlando Predators 38 Orlando Arena 13,680
ArenaBowl VII August 21, 1993 Tampa Bay Storm 51 Detroit Drive 31 Joe Louis Arena 12,989
ArenaBowl VIII September 2, 1994 Arizona Rattlers 36 Orlando Predators 31 Orlando Arena 14,368
ArenaBowl IX September 1, 1995 Tampa Bay Storm 48 Orlando Predators 35 ThunderDome 25,087
ArenaBowl X August 26, 1996 Tampa Bay Storm 42 Iowa Barnstormers 38 Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium 11,411
ArenaBowl XI August 25, 1997 Arizona Rattlers 55 Iowa Barnstormers 33 America West Arena 17,436
ArenaBowl XII August 23, 1998 Orlando Predators 62 Tampa Bay Storm 31 Ice Palace 17,222
ArenaBowl XIII August 21,1999 Albany Firebirds 59 Orlando Predators 48 Pepsi Arena 13,652
ArenaBowl XIV August 20, 2000 Orlando Predators 41 Nashville Kats 38 TD Waterhouse Centre 15,989
ArenaBowl XV August 19, 2001 Grand Rapids Rampage 64 Nashville Kats 42 Van Andel Arena 11,217
ArenaBowl XVI August 18, 2002 San Jose SaberCats 52 Arizona Rattlers 14 HP Pavilion at San Jose 16,942
ArenaBowl XVII June 22, 2003 Tampa Bay Storm 43 Arizona Rattlers 29 St. Pete Times Forum 20,469
ArenaBowl XVIII June 27, 2004 San Jose SaberCats 69 Arizona Rattlers 62 America West Arena 17,391
ArenaBowl XIX June 12, 2005 Colorado Crush 51 Georgia Force 48 Thomas & Mack Center* 10,822
ArenaBowl XX June 11, 2006 Chicago Rush 69 Orlando Predators 61 Thomas & Mack Center* 13,476
ArenaBowl XXI July 29, 2007 San Jose SaberCats 55 Columbus Destroyers 33 New Orleans Arena* 17,056
ArenaBowl XXII July 27, 2008 Philadelphia Soul 59 San Jose SaberCats 56 New Orleans Arena* 17,244
ArenaBowl XXIII August 20, 2010 Spokane Shock 69 Tampa Bay Storm 57 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 11,017
ArenaBowl XXIV August 12, 2011 Jacksonville Sharks 73 Arizona Rattlers 70 US Airways Center 14,320
ArenaBowl XXV August 10, 2012 Arizona Rattlers 72 Philadelphia Soul 54 New Orleans Arena* 13,648
ArenaBowl XXVI August 17, 2013 Arizona Rattlers 48 Philadelphia Soul 39 Amway Center* 12,039
ArenaBowl XXVII August 23, 2014 Arizona Rattlers at Cleveland Gladiators Quicken Loans Arena

* Neutral Site

  • The Pittsburgh Gladiators relocated in 1991 to become the Tampa Bay Storm.
  • The Nashville Kats relocated in 2002 to become the Georgia Force. The Kats were brought back as an expansion team in 2005 and assumed all former team history up to the point when the original Kats relocated to Georgia. The Force are regarded as a completely separate team and keep records from their establishment in 2002 to the present, similar to the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens situation in the NFL.

Most championships won[edit]

As of ArenaBowl XXVI

Team Championships Winning years
Tampa Bay Storm 5 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2003
Arizona Rattlers 4 1994, 1997, 2012, 2013
Detroit Drive 4 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992
San Jose SaberCats 3 2002, 2004, 2007
Orlando Predators 2 1998, 2000
Albany Firebirds 1 1999
Chicago Rush 1 2006
Colorado Crush 1 2005
Denver Dynamite 1 1987
Grand Rapids Rampage 1 2001
Jacksonville Sharks 1 2011
Philadelphia Soul 1 2008
Spokane Shock 1 2010

Standings[edit]

As of ArenaBowl XXVI

Team W L PCT. PF PA Last Appearance
Active franchises
Jacksonville Sharks 1 0 1.000 73 70 2011
Spokane Shock 1 0 1.000 69 57 2010
San Jose SaberCats 3 1 .750 232 168 2008
Tampa Bay Storm* 5 4 .556 362 390 2010
Arizona Rattlers 4 4 .500 386 394 2013
Philadelphia Soul 1 2 .333 152 176 2013
Orlando Predators 2 5 .286 316 337 2006
Iowa Barnstormers 0 2 .000 71 97 1997
Defunct franchises
Chicago Rush 1 0 1.000 69 61 2006
Colorado Crush 1 0 1.000 51 48 2005
Denver Dynamite 1 0 1.000 45 16 1987
Grand Rapids Rampage 1 0 1.000 64 42 2001
Albany Firebirds 1 0 1.000 59 48 1999
Detroit Drive 4 2 .667 243 203 1993
Chicago Bruisers 0 1 .000 13 24 1988
Georgia Force 0 1 .000 48 51 2005
Columbus Destroyers 0 1 .000 33 55 2007
Dallas Texans 0 1 .000 27 51 1990
Nashville Kats 0 2 .000 80 105 2001

*includes two appearances as Pittsburgh Gladiators (0–2, 42 points, 84 points allowed)

Coaching Records[edit]

As of ArenaBowl XXVI

Coach W L PCT. Team(s) Appearance(s)
Darren Arbet 3 1 .750 San Jose Sabercats 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008
Fran Curci 1 0 1.000 Tampa Bay Storm 1991
Mike Dailey 2 0 1.000 Albany Firebirds, Colorado Crush 1999, 2005
Clint Dolezel 0 1 .000 Philadelphia Soul 2013
John Gregory 0 2 .000 Iowa Barnstormers 1996, 1997
Jay Gruden 2 2 .500 Orlando Predators 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006
Kevin Guy 2 1 .667 Arizona Rattlers 2011, 2012, 2013
Joe Haering 0 1 .000 Pittsburgh Gladiators 1987*
Mike Hohensee 1 0 1.000 Chicago Rush 2006
Darrel Jackson 0 1 .000 Pittsburgh Gladiators 1989*
Doug Kay 0 1 .000 Columbus Destroyers 2007
Rob Keefe 1 0 1.000 Spokane Shock 2010
Lary Kuharich 1 0 1.000 Tampa Bay Storm 1993
Tim Marcum 7 4 .636 Denver Dynamite, Detroit Drive, Tampa Bay Storm 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2010
Les Moss 1 0 1.000 Jacksonville Sharks 2011
Perry Moss 1 4 .200 Chicago Bruisers, Detroit Drive, Orlando Predators 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995
Bret Munsey 1 0 1.000 Philadelphia Soul 2008
Doug Plank 0 2 .000 Georgia Force, Philadelphia Soul 2005, 2012
Pat Sperduto 0 2 .000 Nashville Kats 2000, 2001
Ernie Stautner 0 1 .000 Dallas Texans 1990
Michael Trigg 1 0 1.000 Grand Rapids Rampage 2001
Danny White 2 3 .400 Arizona Rattlers 1994, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004

*both Haering and Jackson coached the 1989 Pittsburgh Gladiators, but Jackson is credited with the postseason games

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