Carolina Cobras

Last updated
Carolina Cobras
Established 2000
Folded 2004
Played in Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina
Carolina Cobras logo Carolinacobras.svg
Carolina Cobras logo
League/conference affiliations
Arena Football League (20002004)
Team colorsRed, black, and old gold
Owner(s) Pete Loftin
Head coach Ron Selesky
Team history
  • Carolina Cobras (2000–2004)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (2)
Home arena(s)

The Carolina Cobras were an expansion franchise in the Arena Football League. The team was formed prior to the 2000 season, which endured a player strike.


The team was originally based in Raleigh, North Carolina, but moved to Charlotte following its third season.


They played their home games in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena (now called the PNC Arena) prior to the 2003 season. The team was based in the Charlotte Coliseum through 2004. Coaching staff included: Ed Khayat, John Gregory, Ron Selesky, Ray Jauch. On September 20, 2004, prior to the arrival of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, the league announced the termination of this franchise; its players were made available to the other AFL teams in a dispersal draft.


The Cobras' legacy in Charlotte was actually meant to fill open dates at the Charlotte Coliseum when the original Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans. When the newly reformed Hornets (then known as Bobcats) began play, the Cobras were no longer necessary.

The Cobras name (previously used for one year by the Charlotte Cobras of what is now the National Lacrosse League) is now in use by the city of Charlotte for its works team in the National Public Safety Football League.


Notable players

Arena Football Hall of Famers

Carolina Cobras Hall of Famers
No.NameYear inductedPosition(s)Years w/ Cobras
12 Cory Fleming 2013 WR/LB 2002

All-Arena players

The following Cobras players have been named to All-Arena Teams:

All-Ironman players

The following Cobras players have been named to All-Ironman Teams:

All-Rookie players

The following Cobras players have been named to All-Rookie Teams:

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