|2016 Arizona Rattlers season|
|Head coach||Kevin Guy|
|General manager||Kevin Guy|
|Home field||Talking Stick Resort Arena|
|Conference place||1st National|
|Playoff finish||Won National Conference Semifinals 84–40 (Steel)|
Won National Conference Championship 82–41 (Gladiators)
Lost ArenaBowl XXIX 42–56 (Soul)
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The Arizona Rattlers are a professional indoor American football team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are currently members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers were founded in 1992 as an expansion team in the Arena Football League and were the third oldest active franchise in the AFL until their departure in 2016. They play their home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Rattlers are led by head coach Kevin Guy. Since the team's establishment in 1992, the Rattlers have won ten division titles and have played in nine ArenaBowl Championship games, winning championships in 1994, 1997, 2012, 2013, 2014. The Rattlers also won the 2017 United Bowl in their first season in the IFL.
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2016 National Conference standings
|Los Angeles Kiss||7||9||.438||736||748||4–4||5–4||2–5|
The 2016 regular season schedule was released on December 10, 2015.
|1||Friday||April 1||10:00 p.m. EDT||at Portland Steel||W 80–28||1–0||Moda Center||6,782|
|2||Saturday||April 9||11:00 p.m. EDT||at Los Angeles KISS||W 69–28||2–0||Honda Center||6,427|
|3||Saturday||April 16||9:00 p.m. EDT||Tampa Bay Storm||W 60–27||3–0||Talking Stick Resort Arena||14,872|
|4||Saturday||April 23||7:00 p.m. EDT||at Jacksonville Sharks||W 75–68 (OT)||4–0||Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena||8,354|
|5||Saturday||April 30||9:00 p.m. EDT||Portland Steel||W 68–21||5–0||Talking Stick Resort Arena||11,510|
|6||Saturday||May 7||7:30 p.m. EDT||at Orlando Predators||L 59–77||5–1||Amway Center||10,512|
|7||Friday||May 14||6:30 p.m. EDT||at Philadelphia Soul||L 58–65||5–2||Wells Fargo Center||8,580|
|8||Saturday||May 21||9:00 p.m. EDT||Los Angeles KISS||W 47–34||6–2||Talking Stick Resort Arena||14,519|
|9||Sunday||May 29||2:00 p.m. EDT||at Tampa Bay Storm||L 56–63||6–3||Amalie Arena||8,298|
|10||Friday||June 3||7:00 p.m. EDT||at Cleveland Gladiators||W 77–62||7–3||Quicken Loans Arena||11,797|
|11||Saturday||June 11||9:00 p.m. EDT||Portland Steel||W 76–49||8–3||Talking Stick Resort Arena||14,401|
|12||Friday||June 17||10:00 p.m. EDT||Philadelphia Soul||W 80–63||9–3||Talking Stick Resort Arena||11,067|
|13||Sunday||June 26||6:00 p.m. EDT||at Los Angeles KISS||W 64–49||10–3||Honda Center||7,090|
|15||Saturday||July 9||9:30 p.m. EDT||Jacksonville Sharks||W 69–67||11–3||Talking Stick Resort Arena||11,874|
|16||Monday||July 18||9:30 p.m. EDT||Orlando Predators||W 62–45||12–3||Talking Stick Resort Arena||9,628|
|17||Sunday||July 24||9:00 p.m. EDT||Cleveland Gladiators||W 68–20||13–3||Talking Stick Resort Arena||12,823|
|NC Semifinals||Saturday||August 6||10:00 p.m.EDT||Portland Steel||W 84–40||Talking Stick Resort Arena||13,192|
|NC Championship||Saturday||August 13||9:00 p.m.EDT||Cleveland Gladiators||W 82–41||Talking Stick Resort Arena||15,103|
|ArenaBowl XXIX||Friday||August 26||7:00 p.m.EDT||Philadelphia Soul||L 42–56||Gila River Arena||13,390|
|2016 Arizona Rattlers roster|
Other league exempt
Refused to report
Rookies in italics
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