List of Arena Football League arenas

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The following is a list of Arena Football League (AFL) arenas. American and Canadian football is traditionally played outdoors on grass or artificial turf fields 120–150 yards (109.73–137.16 m) in length. However, arena football is played in covered climate-controlled multi-purpose venues. The field is comparable to the size of a National Hockey League rink, allowing 50 yards (46 m) for a scrimmage area. The AFL was established in 1987 and featured arena football teams across the United States until it folded in 2019. In 2014, the average AFL attendance was 8,473 per game. That year the Tampa Bay Storm averaged the most attendees per game with 11,402. The Orlando Predators were the least attended team in 2014 drawing an average of 5,421 per game. [1] Talking Stick Resort Arena was the home of the Arizona Rattlers from 1992 until the team's departure in 2016, making it the longest operating AFL venue. The smallest venue to house an AFL team was the 5,000 seat West Palm Beach Auditorium, the home of the Florida Bobcats from 1996 to 1998. ArenaBowl IX at the Thunderdome (now Tropicana Field) in St. Petersburg, Florida on September 1, 1995, was the highest attended game in AFL history (25,087). [2] Joe Louis Arena in Detroit has been host to four ArenaBowls (1989, 1990, 1991, 1993).

Defunct teams

(former names)
(former names)
Years used Capacity OpenedCity
Alabama Vipers Von Braun Center 20106,7601975 Huntsville, Alabama
Albany Empire Times Union Center
Pepsi Arena
Knickerbocker Arena
2018–201913,7851990 Albany, New York
Anaheim Piranhas
(Las Vegas Sting)
Arrowhead Pond
Anaheim Arena (1993)
1996–199717,1741993 Anaheim, California
Thomas & Mack Center 199518,7761983 Paradise, Nevada
MGM Grand Garden Arena 199417,157 Paradise, Nevada
Arizona Rattlers Talking Stick Resort Arena
US Airways Center (2005–2014)
America West Arena (1992–2005)
1992–201616,3211992 Phoenix, Arizona
Atlantic City Blackjacks Boardwalk Hall 2019–201910,5001929 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Austin Wranglers Frank Erwin Center 2004–200714,9901977 Austin, Texas
Baltimore Brigade Royal Farms Arena
First Mariner Arena
Baltimore Arena
Baltimore Civic Center
2017–201911,2711962 Baltimore, Maryland
Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings CenturyTel Center 201012,0002000 Bossier City, Louisiana
Carolina Cobras Charlotte Coliseum 2003–200421,6841988 Charlotte, North Carolina
Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena
RBC Center (2002–2012)
2000–200218,1761999 Raleigh, North Carolina
Charlotte Rage Charlotte Coliseum 1992–199621,6841988 Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago Bruisers Rosemont Horizon
Allstate Arena (1999–present)
1987–198916,1431980 Rosemont, Illinois
Chicago Politicians
(1986 Playtest Game)
Chicago Rush
BMO Harris Bank Center
Rockford MetroCentre (1981–2011)
20135,8951981 Rockford, Illinois
Allstate Arena
Rosemont Horizon (1980–1999)
2001–16,1431980 Rosemont, Illinois
Cincinnati Rockers
Riverfront Coliseum
U.S. Bank Arena
Firstar Center
The Crown
1992–199312,8231975 Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland Gladiators
(Las Vegas Gladiators)
(New Jersey Gladiators)
(New Jersey Red Dogs)
Quicken Loans Arena 2008–201718,9261994 Cleveland, Ohio
Orleans Arena 20079,5002003 Paradise, Nevada
Thomas & Mack Center 2003–200618,7761983
Continental Airlines Arena 1997–200219,0401981 East Rutherford, New Jersey
Cleveland Thunderbolts
(Columbus Thunderbolts)
Coliseum at Richfield 1992–199418,5441974 Richfield, Ohio
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum 19917,0001918 Columbus, Ohio
Colorado Crush Pepsi Center 2003–200817,2101999 Denver, Colorado
Columbus Destroyers
(Buffalo Destroyers)
Nationwide Arena 2004–2008, 201917,1712000 Columbus, Ohio
HSBC Arena
Marine Midland Arena (1996–1999)
1999–200318,6901996 Buffalo, New York
Connecticut Coyotes
Hartford Civic Center 1995–199615,1501980 Hartford, Connecticut
Dallas Desperados American Airlines Center 2002–200816,0962001 Dallas, Texas
Dallas Texans
Reunion Arena 1995–199617,0011980 Dallas, Texas
Dallas Vigilantes American Airlines Center 2010–201116,0262001–2011 Dallas, Texas
Denver Dynamite
(1987, 1989–1991)
McNichols Sports Arena 1987, 1989–199116,0611975 Denver, Colorado
Detroit Fury
The Palace of Auburn Hills 2001–200420,1841988 Auburn Hills, Michigan
Florida Bobcats
(Miami Hooters)
(Sacramento Attack)
National Car Rental Center 1999–200117,9001998 Sunrise, Florida
West Palm Beach Auditorium 1996–19985,0001965 West Palm Beach, Florida
Miami Arena 1993–199514,6961988 Miami, Florida
ARCO Arena 199212,6321988 Sacramento, California
Fort Worth Cavalry
Fort Worth Convention Center 199411,2001965 Fort Worth, Texas
Georgia Force Arena at Gwinnett Center 2003–2004, 2008, 2010–201211,5002003 Duluth, Georgia
Philips Arena 2002, 2005–200718,5451999 Atlanta, Georgia
Grand Rapids Rampage Van Andel Arena 1998–200810,8341996 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Houston Thunderbears
(Texas Terror)
Compaq Center
The Summit (1975–1998)
1996–200115,2561975 Houston, Texas
Indiana Firebirds
(Albany Firebirds)
Conseco Fieldhouse 2001–200414,4001999 Indianapolis, Indiana
Pepsi Arena 1990–200013,2561990 Albany, New York
Iowa Barnstormers Wells Fargo Arena 2010–201415,1812005 Des Moines, Iowa
Jacksonville Sharks Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 2010–201613,0002003 Jacksonville, Florida
Kansas City Command
(Kansas City Brigade)
Sprint Center 2008–201217,7522007 Kansas City, Missouri
Kemper Arena 2006–200717,6421974
Las Vegas Outlaws Thomas & Mack Center 201516,6061983 Paradise, Nevada
Los Angeles Avengers Staples Center 2000–200816,0961999Los Angeles
Los Angeles Cobras
Los Angeles Sports Arena 198814,5461959Los Angeles
Los Angeles Kiss Honda Center 2014–201617,1741993 Anaheim, California
Massachusetts Marauders
(Detroit Drive)
Worcester's Centrum Centre
DCU Center (2004–present)
Worcester Centrum (1987–1992)
199412,2301982 Worcester, Massachusetts
Joe Louis Arena 1988–199320,0661979 Detroit, Michigan
Miami Vise
(1987 Playtest Game)
Milwaukee Mustangs
Bradley Center 1994–200117,8001988 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Mustangs
(Milwaukee Iron)
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Bradley Center (1988–2012)
2010–201217,8001988 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minnesota Fighting Pike
Target Center 199617,5001990 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nashville Kats Sommet Center
Nashville Arena (1996–1999), (2007)
Gaylord Entertainment Center (1999–2007)
1997–2001, 2005–200716,1211996 Nashville, Tennessee
New England Steamrollers
Providence Civic Center
Dunkin' Donuts Center (2001–present)
198811,5001972 Providence, Rhode Island
New Orleans Night
Louisiana Superdome 1991–199255,6751975 New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans VooDoo Smoothie King Center
New Orleans Arena (1999–2014)
2004–2005, 2007–2008, 2011–201516,3771999 New Orleans, Louisiana
New York Dragons
(Iowa Barnstormers)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 2001–200811,9501972 Uniondale, New York
Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium 1995–200011,4111955 Des Moines, Iowa
New York Knights
Madison Square Garden 198818,2001968New York City
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz Cox Convention Center 201013,2311972 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Wranglers
(Portland Forest Dragons)
(Memphis Pharaohs)
Cox Convention Center 2000–200113,231UNK Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rose Garden 1997–199917,5441993 Portland, Oregon
Pyramid Arena 1995–199621,0001991 Memphis, Tennessee
Orlando Predators
Amway Center 2011–2013, 2015–201617,2002010 Orlando, Florida
CFE Arena 20149,4652007 Orlando, Florida
Amway Arena
The Arena in Orlando (2006)
TD Waterhouse Centre (1999–2006)
Orlando Arena (1989–1999)
1991–200815,9241989 Orlando, Florida
Philadelphia Soul Wells Fargo Center
Wachovia Center (2003–2010)
First Union Center (1998-2003)
CoreStates Center (1996-1998)
2004–201917,4861996 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wachovia Spectrum 2004–2008
(For Saturday home games)
Pittsburgh Gladiators Pittsburgh Civic Arena 1987-1990N/A1961 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Power Consol Energy Center 2011–201418,0002010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Portland Steel
(Portland Thunder)
Moda Center 2014–201620,6361995 Portland, Oregon
Rockford Metros
(1986 Playtest Game)
Rockford MetroCentre 198610,0001981 Rockford, Illinois
San Antonio Force
HemisFair Arena 199210,146UNK San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Talons
(Tulsa Talons)
Alamodome 2012–201465,0001993 San Antonio, Texas
BOK Center 2010–201116,5822008 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa Convention Center 2000–20097,1111964
San Jose SaberCats SAP Center at San Jose
HP Pavilion at San Jose (2002–2013)
Compaq Center at San Jose (2001–2002)
San Jose Arena (1993–2001)
1995–201516,1001993 San Jose, California
Spokane Shock Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 2010–201510,4711995 Spokane, Washington
St. Louis Stampede
Kiel Center
Scottrade Center (2006–present)
Savvis Center (2000–2006)
1995–199619,0221994 St. Louis, Missouri
Tampa Bay Storm
(Pittsburgh Gladiators)
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Times Forum (2011–2014)
St. Pete Times Forum (2002–2011)
Ice Palace (1996–2002)
1997–201719,2001996 Tampa, Florida
Tropicana Field
Thunderdome (1993–1996)
Florida Suncoast Dome (1990–1993)
1991–199643,5001990 St. Petersburg, Florida
Mellon Arena 1987–199015,9241961 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Toronto Phantoms
(New England Seawolves)
(New York CityHawks)
Air Canada Centre 2001–200218,8191999 Toronto
Hartford Civic Center 1999–200015,6351980 Hartford, Connecticut
Madison Square Garden 1997–199818,2001968New York City
Utah Blaze
EnergySolutions Arena
Delta Center (1991–2006)
2006–2008, 2011–201314,0001991 Salt Lake City, Utah
Maverik Center
E Center (1997–2010)
201010,1001997 West Valley City, Utah
Washington Commandos
(1987, 1990)
(Maryland Commandos)
Patriot Center 199010,0001958 Fairfax, Virginia
Capital Centre
US Airways Arena (1993–1997)
1987, 198918,1301973 Landover, Maryland
Washington Valor Capital One Arena
Verizon Center (2017)
2017–201918,5061997 Washington, D.C.

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