|League||Arena Football League|
|Team history||Detroit Drive (1988–1993)
Massachusetts Marauders (1994)
|Arena||Joe Louis Arena (1988-1993)
DCU Center (1994)
|Based in||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Team colors||Maroon, Black, White
|Head coach||Don Strock|
|Championships||4: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992|
|Conference titles||4: (1989, 1990, 1991, 1993)|
|Division titles||1: (1992)|
|Playoff berths||7: (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)|
The Massachusetts Marauders were a professional arena football team that was based in Worcester, Massachusetts. They were a member of the Arena Football League (AFL) from 1988 to 1994. The team was established in Detroit in 1988, as the Detroit Drive and was a member of the AFL in 1988. The club then moved to Worcester, Massachusetts in 1994 and played in that city through the end of the 1994 season.
Detroit Drive (1988–1993) 
The Detroit Drive was a professional arena football team playing as an Arena Football League team from 1988–1993. They were in six consecutive championship ArenaBowls, one for each season of the team's Detroit existence, winning four of them, making them the dominant team of the League's early period. In 1992 they played in the Northern Division.
The Drive had, arguably, the best management team in the league. Owner Mike Ilitch, General Manager Gary Vitto, and Head Coach Tim Marcum are all in the AFL Hall of Fame. Following the 1992 season, Ilitch purchased the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball and Vitto was transferred to the Tigers front office. Marcum assumed GM duties for 1993 and led the team to its final Arena Bowl.
Ilitch sold the Drive so that they would not compete with the Tigers for attendance. Shortly after his purchase of them, the Tigers began their worst drought in team history, posting a losing record in every season from 1994 to 2005.[original research?] Ilitch still claims that he only kept the Drive because they were constant contenders.
Massachusetts Marauders (1994) 
The team's on-field success did not mean equivalent business success; although the team was the most profitable in the AFL, setting attendance records, owner Mike Ilitch sold the team following his purchase of the Detroit Tigers in 1993. The team competed in 1994 as the Massachusetts Marauders playing their home games at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA, but folded after going 8-4 in their first and only season. Whereas the Drive averaged over 14,000 fans a game during their 6 seasons in Detroit, the Marauders averaged less than 7,400 a game. Nearly three years after the Marauders folded, Dan DeVos purchased the franchise out of bankruptcy court, and in 1998 they became the Grand Rapids Rampage, who played until 2008.
Detroit later received a second Arena Football team, the Detroit Fury. The Fury played from 2001 to 2004 in The Palace of Auburn Hills and were co-owned by William Davidson, owner of the Detroit Pistons and William Clay Ford, Jr., son of the owner of the Detroit Lions. The Fury were never as successful as the Drive, compiling a 22-41 record and averaging 8,152 fans per game before they folded in 2004.
While the Drive's history was relatively brief, they had an inarguable importance in the history of Arena Football, with ArenaBowl trips every year of their existence, and creating the first dynasty in the Arena Football League.
Video games 
The Drive and Marauders both appeared on the game EA Sports Arena Football as hidden bonus teams.
Notable players 
- Novo Bojovic, K 1988–92
- Lynn Bradford, FB/LB 1989–90
- Tony Burse, FB/LB 1993–94
- Dwayne Dixon, WR/LB 1988–91
- David Evans, WR/DB 1988–91
- Walter Holman, FB/LB 1988
- Rich Ingold, QB 1988
- George LaFrance, OS/KR 1988–89, 1991–93
- Reggie Mathis, OL/DLine 1988–90
- Mike Pagel, QB 1994
- Gilbert Renfroe, QB 1992–93
- Alvin Rettig, FB/LB 1988–93
- Art Schlichter, QB 1990–91
AFL Hall of Famers 
- Gary Mullen
- George LaFrance
- Dwayne Dixon
- Alvin Rettig
- Tim Marcum (Coach)
- Mike Ilitch (Owner)
- Jon Roehlk
- Perry Moss
- John Corker
- Tate Randle
- Gary Vitto (General Manager)
- "Schlichter drives Detroit to another Arena football title". The Argus-Press. August 13, 1990. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
- AFL Official Website
- Massachusetts Marauders at FunWhileItLasted.net
- Detroit Drive at ArenaFan.com
- Massachusttes Marauders at ArenaFan.com