2017 United Bowl

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2017 United Bowl
2017 United Bowl logo.png
1234Total
Arizona142001650
Sioux Falls70211341
Date July 8, 2017
Stadium Denny Sanford Premier Center
Location Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
MVP Arizona LB Justin Shirk [1]
United States TV coverage
Network YouTube
Announcers Kevin Ray and Dale Hellstrae [2] (Rattlers)
Rich Roste [3] (Storm)
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The 2017 United Bowl was the championship game of the 2017 Indoor Football League season. It was played between the Intense Conference Champion Arizona Rattlers and the United Conference Champion Sioux Falls Storm. The game was played at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Rattlers won the game by a score of 50–41.

The 2017 Indoor Football League season was the ninth 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 16, 2017, when the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles hosted the Nebraska Danger. The regular season ended 18 weeks later on June 18, 2017, with the defending league champion Sioux Falls Storm visiting the Iowa Barnstormers and the Wichita Falls Nighthawks visiting the Nebraska Danger. The playoffs were held in two rounds, with the top two seeds in each conference playing against each other in the conference championships. The winner of those games met in the United Bowl.

The 2017 Arizona Rattlers season was the twenty-fifth season for the professional indoor football franchise and first in the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers were one of ten teams that competed in the IFL for the 2017 season, the Rattlers were members of the Intense Conference.

The 2017 Sioux Falls Storm season was the team's eighteenth season as a professional indoor football franchise and ninth in the Indoor Football League (IFL). One of ten teams that competed in the IFL for the 2017 season, the Storm were members of the United Conference.

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This was the Sioux Falls Storm's seventh consecutive United Bowl appearance [4] and first loss, snapping a 6-game championship streak. It was the Arizona Rattlers' first United Bowl appearance in their first season in the IFL after joining from the Arena Football League.

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.

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

Arizona Rattlers

On October 17, 2016, the Arizona Rattlers announced their move to the IFL from the Arena Football League. They started on a 2-game losing streak heading into their first bye week before defeating the Colorado Crush at home 71–29. [5] The Rattlers finished the season with a conference best 12–4, including a season-ending 8 game win streak, earning the first seed in the Intense Conference. In the Intense Conference championship, they defeated the Nebraska Danger at home by a score of 62–36. [6]

Colorado Crush

The Colorado Crush were an arena football team based in Denver, Colorado. They began play as a 2003 Arena Football League as an expansion team. The Crush played in the Central Division of the American Conference until the Arena Football League suspended operations in 2009. They were last coached by Mike Dailey and owned by a coalition of Denver sports figures led by John Elway.

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.

2017 Intense Conference
WLTPCTPFPACONGBSTK
y - Arizona Rattlers 1240.7507826108–1W8
x - Nebraska Danger 970.5637176605–23.0W1
Spokane Empire 880.5006546777–54.0L3
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles 5110.3136757624–87.0W1
Colorado Crush 3130.1886298212–108.0L4

Sioux Falls Storm

In 2017, the Storm began the regular season with 8 straight wins, including a 40–29 victory over the Arizona Rattlers in week 1, before a 44–36 loss to the Wichita Falls Nighthawks. They finished the season with a 14–2 record, earning the top seed in the United Conference and the best record in the league, which they secured with a 45–24 victory over the Iowa Barnstormers in week 18. [7] In the United Conference championship, they were victorious in their rematch against the Barnstormers by a score of 66–32. [4]

Wichita Falls Nighthawks

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks were a professional indoor American football team. They were based in Wichita Falls, Texas. The team was headquartered in Wichita Falls and played its home games at Kay Yeager Coliseum. The Nighthawks first joined the Indoor Football League as an expansion team in 2015. The Nighthawks were announced as a member of Champions Indoor Football (CIF) for 2018, however, due to litigation, the team ceased operations for the season.

Iowa Barnstormers indoor football team based in Des Moines, Iowa

The Iowa Barnstormers are a professional indoor football team based in Des Moines, Iowa. They are currently members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). They play their home games at Wells Fargo Arena, known in indoor football circles as "The Well".

2017 United Conference
WLTPCTPFPACONGBSTK
y - Sioux Falls Storm 1420.8757694679–2W3
x - Iowa Barnstormers 1330.8137025808–31.0L1
Wichita Falls Nighthawks 1240.7508327456–22.0L1
Green Bay Blizzard 3130.1885136652–911.5W1
Cedar Rapids Titans 1150.0634947801–1013.0L10

Box score

1234Total
Rattlers (I1)142001650
Storm (U1)70211341

at Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota [4]

  • Date: July 8, 2017
  • Game time: 5:05 p.m. CDT
Scoring summary
QuarterTime Drive TeamScoring informationScore
Plays Yards TOP ARISFX
112:214282:36ARIMonroe 2-yard touchdown run, Petre kick good70
111:31SFX Williams 50-yard kickoff return TD, Syrovatka kick good77
109:332421:06ARI Miles 34-yard touchdown reception from Sokol, Petre kick good147
214:577255:10ARIMonroe 2-yard touchdown run, Petre kick no good207
202:45ARIFumble recovery returned 29 yards for touchdown by Gordon, Petre kick good277
200:14150:20ARIAmos 5-yard touchdown reception from Sokol, Petre kick good347
312:314302:26SFXHarold 17-yard touchdown reception from Brown, Syrovatka kick good3414
308:094152:38SFX Rouse 7-yard touchdown run, Syrovatka kick good3421
305:40SFXInterception returned 2 yards for touchdown by Peguese, Syrovatka kick good3428
413:54291:03ARIMonroe 7-yard touchdown run, Petre kick good4128
408:596103:21ARI19-yard field goal by Petre4428
405:257473:31SFXHarold 5-yard touchdown reception from Brown, 2-point run failed4434
402:366292:44ARI23-yard field goal by Petre4734
402:051400:26SFX Tatum 40-yard touchdown reception from Brown, Syrovatka kick good4741
400:474-10:42ARI28-yard field goal by Petre5041
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.ARISFX

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