1996 Arena Football League season

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1996 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
Duration April 25, 1996 – August 26, 1996
ArenaBowl X
Champions Tampa Bay Storm
  Runners-up Iowa Barnstormers
Finals MVP Stevie Thomas, TB
AFL seasons

The 1996 Arena Football League season was the tenth season of the Arena Football League. It was succeeded by 1997. The league champions were the Tampa Bay Storm, who defeated the Iowa Barnstormers in ArenaBowl X. The AFL finally stabilized its scheduled number of games. It expanded to a 14-game season, which would remain until 2003. Previously, the scheduled number of games had not stayed the same for more than three years.

Arena Football League

The Arena Football League (AFL) is a professional indoor American football league in the United States. It was founded in 1987 by Jim Foster, making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America, after the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL). The AFL plays a proprietary code known as arena football, a form of indoor American football played on a 66-by-28 yard field, with rules encouraging offensive performance, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League (USFL) and the NFL.

The 1997 Arena Football League season was the 11th season of the Arena Football League. It was succeeded by 1998. The league champions were the Arizona Rattlers, who defeated the Iowa Barnstormers in ArenaBowl XI.

Tampa Bay Storm American Football team

The Tampa Bay Storm were a professional arena football team based in Tampa, Florida, U.S. that played in the Arena Football League (AFL). The team, along with the Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite and Washington Commandos, joined the AFL in 1987 as one of the charter franchises, and by 1992 it was the last of the four still operating. The team ceased operations in 2017.

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Team movement

The Texas Terror were welcomed as an expansion team.

Houston Thunderbears

The Houston ThunderBears was a professional arena football team based in Houston, Texas. The team finished the 2001 season as a member of the Western Division of the American Conference of the Arena Football League (AFL). The team joined the AFL in 1996 as the expansion Texas Terror. After their first two years of existence, the franchise changed their name to the Houston ThunderBears. Plagued with attendance problems through the majority of their existence, the team folded in 2001. Home games were played at the Compaq Center.

Meanwhile, the Fort Worth Cavalry were relocated to Minneapolis and became the Minnesota Fighting Pike; the Las Vegas Sting moved to Anaheim, California, becoming the Anaheim Piranhas, and the Miami Hooters were renamed to the Florida Bobcats. The franchise rights to the Denver Dynamite were sold and the team announced they would return in 1997 as the Nashville Kats

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The Fort Worth Cavalry were an Arena Football League team which operated for a single season, 1994, in the National Conference. The league did not want to abandon the idea of having a franchise in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a major media market, after the demise of the Dallas Texans (1990–1993), and granted a new franchise to an ownership group in Fort Worth. The team was owned by Peter "Woody" Kern and led by head coach Michael Trigg. The team struggled with ticket sales and financial issues lead to the team being folded after the 1994 season.

Minneapolis Largest city in Minnesota

Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2017, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 45th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 422,331. The Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, and suburbs which altogether contain about 3.6 million people, and is the third-largest economic center in the Midwest.

Minnesota Fighting Pike

The Minnesota Fighting Pike were an Arena football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They joined the Arena Football League (AFL) in 1996 as an expansion team. The Fighting Pike were the first ever attempt at an arena/indoor football team in the state of Minnesota. The owner of the Fighting Pike was Tom Scallen. The Fighting Pike played at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team colors were green and gold. In a 2012 AFL Poll, the Fighting Pike were voted as the 8th greatest nickname in AFL history.

Standings

Team Overall Division
WinsLossesPercentageWinsLossesPercentage
National Conference
Eastern Division
Albany Firebirds 1040.714401.000
Charlotte Rage 590.357220.500
Connecticut Coyotes 2120.143040.000
Southern Division
Tampa Bay Storm 1220.857510.833
Orlando Predators 950.643510.833
Florida Bobcats 680.429240.333
Texas Terror 1130.071060.000
American Conference
Central Division
Iowa Barnstormers 1220.857420.667
Milwaukee Mustangs 1040.714510.833
St. Louis Stampede 860.571330.500
Memphis Pharaohs 0140.000060.000
Western Division
Arizona Rattlers 1130.786320.600
Anaheim Piranhas 950.643410.800
San Jose SaberCats 680.429140.200
Minnesota Fighting Pike 4100.286120.333

Playoffs

Quarterfinals Semifinals ArenaBowl X
         
1Iowa52
8 St. Louis 49
1Iowa62
4 Albany 55
4Albany70
5 Milwaukee 58
1 Iowa 38
2Tampa Bay42
2Tampa Bay30
7 Anaheim 16
2Tampa Bay55
3 Arizona 54
3Arizona65
6 Orlando 48

All-Arena team

PositionFirst teamSecond team
Quarterback Kurt Warner, Iowa Mike Perez, Albany
Fullback/Linebacker Bernard Hall, St. Louis Kevin Carroll, Anaheim
Wide receiver/Defensive back Darryl Hammond, St. Louis
Barry Wagner, Orlando
Randy Gatewood, Arizona
David McLeod, Albany
Wide receiver/Linebacker Hunkie Cooper, Arizona Stevie Thomas, Tampa Bay
Offensive specialist Eddie Brown, Albany Willis Jacox, Iowa
Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Sam Hernandez, Anaheim
Fran Papasedero, St. Louis
Kent Wells, Tampa Bay
Jerome Brown, Albany
Ralph Jarvis, Milwaukee
Sylvester Bembery, Tampa Bay
Defensive specialist Rodney Mazion, Anaheim
Patrick McGuirk, San Jose
Carlton Johnson, Anaheim
Tracey Perkins, Tampa Bay
Kicker Kenny Stucker, Milwaukee Pete Elezovic, Albany

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