2016 United Bowl

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2016 United Bowl
2016 United Bowl Logo.png
1234Total
Spokane7671434
Sioux Falls020142155
Date July 13, 2016
Stadium Denny Sanford Premier Center
Location Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
MVP Sioux Falls QB Lorenzo Brown
Attendance 9,000
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The 2016 United Bowl was the championship game of the 2016 Indoor Football League season. It was played between the Intense Conference Champion Spokane Empire and the United Conference Champion Sioux Falls Storm. The game was played at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The 2016 Indoor Football League season was the eighth season of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Playing with ten teams in two conferences spread across the United States, the league's regular season kicked off on February 20, 2016 and ended on June 24, 2016. The playoffs were held in three rounds, with the top seed in each conference receiving a first-round bye as the second and third seeds face each other in the conference semifinal, with the winner of that game facing the top seed in a conference championship game followed by the winners of those games meeting in the United Bowl.

The 2016 Spokane Empire season was the eleventh season for the professional indoor football franchise and first in the Indoor Football League (IFL). One of ten teams that compete in the IFL for the 2016 season, the Empire were members of the Intense Conference.

The 2016 Sioux Falls Storm season was the team's seventeenth season as a professional indoor football franchise and eighth in the Indoor Football League (IFL). One of ten teams that competed in the IFL for the 2016 season, the Storm were members of the United Conference.

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This was the Sioux Falls Storm's sixth United Bowl championship and seventh overall United Bowl appearance. It was the Spokane Empire's first United Bowl appearance.

Venue

The game was played at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as the Sioux Falls Storm had the home field advantage by cause of having a better regular season record.

Denny Sanford Premier Center arena located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Denny Sanford Premier Center is a large, multi-use indoor arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The building is located at 1201 North West Avenue, and is connected to the Sioux Falls Arena and Sioux Falls Convention Center, and is adjacent to Howard Wood Field, and Sioux Falls Stadium. The arena's naming rights partners, and largest sponsors, are Sanford Health, First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota City in South Dakota, United States

Sioux Falls is the most populous city in the U.S. state of South Dakota and the 143rd-most populous city in the United States. It is the county seat of Minnehaha County and also extends into Lincoln County to the south, proximate with the Minnesota state line. It is the 47th-fastest-growing city in the United States and the fastest-growing metro area in South Dakota, with a population increase of 22% between 2000 and 2010.

Background

Spokane Empire

On September 1, 2015, the Spokane Shock left the Arena Football League for the IFL. They changed their names to the Empire, as the AFL owned the rights to the Shock name. The Empire finished the season with a conference best 12–4, earning the first seed in the Intense Conference and a first round bye. In the conference championship, they defeated the Nebraska Danger at home in a 55–44 contest.

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.

Nebraska Danger

The Nebraska Danger is a professional indoor football team based in Grand Island, Nebraska. They are a member of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The team was founded in 2011 by Charlie Bosselman as an expansion member of the IFL. The Danger play their home games at Eihusen Arena.

2016 Intense Conference
WLTPCTPFPAGBSTK
y-Spokane Empire 12 4 0 .750 815 709 -- L2
x-Billings Wolves 8 8 0 .500 643 647 4.0 W2
x-Nebraska Danger 6 10 0 .375 765 794 6.0 W1
Colorado Crush 4 12 0 .250 849 914 8.0 W2
Tri-Cities Fever 3 13 0 .188 577 758 9.0 L9

Sioux Falls Storm

In 2016, the Storm began the regular season with four straight wins before their first road-bump in a loss to the Cedar Rapids Titans. They rebounded from that loss with eleven consecutive victories to finish the season with a 15–1 record, and first place in the United Conference. Sioux Falls clinched home field advantage and a first round bye due to their conference finish. In the conference championship, they defeated the Cedar Rapids Titans at home by a score of 54–28.

2016 United Conference
WLTPCTPFPAGBSTK
ySioux Falls Storm 15 1 0 .938 951 720 -- W11
xCedar Rapids Titans 12 4 0 .750 781 628 3.0 W7
xWichita Falls Nighthawks 11 5 0 .688 1001 861 4.0 W2
Green Bay Blizzard 5 11 0 .313 682 932 10.0 L1
Iowa Barnstormers 4 12 0 .250 737 838 11.0 L7

Box score

1234Total
Empire7671434
Storm 020142155

at Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

  • Date: July 13, 2016
  • Game time: 8:05 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 9,000
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP SPO SFX
19:348375:26SPOHayes 9-yard touchdown reception from Dowdell, Clarke kick good70
211:556303:05SFXBrown 1-yard touchdown run, Syrovatka kick good77
28:335383:15SPO Charles 24-yard touchdown reception from Dowdell, Clarke kick no good137
27:571230:29SFX Tatum 23-yard touchdown reception from Brown, Syrovatka kick no good1313
20:038452:44SFX Williams 11-yard touchdown reception from Brown, Syrovatka kick good1320
314:301490:29SFX Tatum 49-yard touchdown reception from Brown, Syrovatka kick good1327
313:581310:25SPO Charles 31-yard touchdown reception from Dowdell, Clarke kick good2027
38:579455:01SFXBrown 1-yard touchdown run, Syrovatka kick good2034
49:025353:06SFXBrown 4-yard touchdown run, Syrovatka kick good2041
45:424173:14SPODowdell 1-yard touchdown run, Clarke kick no good2641
43:243212:09SFX Holley 20-yard touchdown reception from Brown, Syrovatka kick good2648
42:551240:25SPOPierce 24-yard touchdown reception from Dowdell, 2-point pass good (Dowdell–Samuel pass)3448
41:224171:43SFX Williams 2-yard touchdown run, Syrovatka kick good3455
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.3455

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