Milwaukee Mustangs (1994–2001)
|Milwaukee Mustangs (original)|
Played in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
|Team colors||Deep purple, teal, white
|Head coach||Rick Frazier|
|League championships (0)
|Conference championships (0)
Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games
|Division championships (0)
|Playoff appearances (4)|
The Milwaukee Mustangs were a professional arena football team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The team was a member of the Arena Football League, playing from 1994 to 2001. The owner of the Mustangs was Andrew Vallozzi. The Mustangs played their home games at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The team was founded in August 1993, when Andrew Vallozzi was approved by the league for expansion. The city of Milwaukee became football hungry, after renovations to Lambeau Field led to speculation that the Green Bay Packers would soon stop playing games in Milwaukee, something they'd been doing since 1933. Later that year, the Packers would confirm the rumors and announced that their December contest at Milwaukee County Stadium would be their last.
For many in the Milwaukee area, the Mustangs helped fill the void left by the Packers. The team never finished lower than eighth in seasonal attendance, regularly drawing in the 14,000's and 15,000's (at a time when average attendance was approx. 8,500). The Mustangs even led the AFL in attendance in 1996.
After the 2001 season, the Mustangs lost their lease at the Bradley Center. When it was unable to find a replacement facility, the league folded the team. Milwaukee was left without an arena football team until 2008, with the formation of the Milwaukee Bonecrushers of the Continental Indoor Football League, who played their home games at the U.S. Cellular Arena. A year later, the Milwaukee Iron began play in the Arena Football 2 League across the street at te Bradley Center. In January 2011, it was announced that the Milwaukee Iron, now of the Arena Football League would be changing its name to the Milwaukee Mustangs.
Players of note
|Milwaukee Mustangs roster|
Wide receivers/Defensive backs
Offensive linemen/Defensive linemen
Rookies in italics
Retired uniform numbers
|Milwaukee Mustangs retired numbers|
Note: These players' numbers were retired by the Milwaukee Iron in 2009.
Arena Football Hall of Famers
|Milwaukee Mustangs Hall of Famers|
|No.||Name||Year Inducted||Position(s)||Years w/ Mustangs|
|??||Carl Aikens, Jr.||2000||WR/DB||1994|
The following Mustangs players were named to All-Arena Teams:
- WR/LB Gary Compton (2)
- WR/DB Sean Riley (1)
- OL/DL Ralph Jarvis (2), Ernest Allen (1)
- K Kenny Stucker (2), Steve Videtich (1)
The following Mustangs players were named to All-Ironman Teams:
The following Mustangs players were named to All-Rookie Teams:
- Andy Olson (August 10, 1993). "Milwaukee franchise will join indoor league for 1994 season". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
- Don Walker (November 22, 2001). "Mustangs won't field an arena team in 2002". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- Don Walker. "Iron will be Mustangs". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- "Iron Retiring Numbers on Opening Night". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 23, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2013.