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The Foster Trophy

The ArenaBowl is the Arena Football League's championship game. From 1987 to 2004, the ArenaBowl was hosted by either the team with the better regular-season record or the higher seeding in the playoffs. From ArenaBowl XIX in 2005 until ArenaBowl XXII in 2008, the game was played at a neutral site. ArenaBowl XXII, the last ArenaBowl before the original AFL's demise, took place on July 27, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana, with the American Conference champion San Jose SaberCats facing the National Conference champion Philadelphia Soul. The Soul won the game, 59-56.

The ArenaBowl, its trophy and all related intellectual property were purchased by Arena Football on December 7, 2009, along with the rest of the assets of the original AFL.[1] Arena Football 1 eventually assumed the AFL identity, and later announced that the ArenaBowl would be the new AFL's championship game. The new AFL would assume all of the past ArenaBowl games and start off with ArenaBowl XXIII.[2]

The current ArenaBowl Champions are the Spokane Shock, who incidentally were the final ArenaCup champions of the AF2 in 2009.

After ArenaBowl XXIII, it was revealed that future ArenaBowls would again be hosted at neutral sites starting with ArenaBowl XXIV.[3]

ResultsEdit

Game Year Winning Team Losing Team Site Attendance
ArenaBowl I 1987 Denver Dynamite 45 Pittsburgh Gladiators 16 Pittsburgh Civic Arena 13,232
ArenaBowl II 1988 Detroit Drive 24 Chicago Bruisers 13 Rosemont Horizon 15,018
ArenaBowl III 1989 Detroit Drive 39 Pittsburgh Gladiators 26 Joe Louis Arena 12,046
ArenaBowl IV 1990 Detroit Drive 51 Dallas Texans 27 Joe Louis Arena 19,875
ArenaBowl V 1991 Tampa Bay Storm 48 Detroit Drive 42 Joe Louis Arena 20,357
ArenaBowl VI 1992 Detroit Drive 56 Orlando Predators 38 Amway Arena 13,680
ArenaBowl VII 1993 Tampa Bay Storm 51 Detroit Drive 31 Joe Louis Arena 12,989
ArenaBowl VIII 1994 Arizona Rattlers 36 Orlando Predators 31 Amway Arena 14,368
ArenaBowl IX 1995 Tampa Bay Storm 48 Orlando Predators 35 ThunderDome 25,087
ArenaBowl X 1996 Tampa Bay Storm 42 Iowa Barnstormers 38 Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium 11,411
ArenaBowl XI 1997 Arizona Rattlers 55 Iowa Barnstormers 33 America West Arena 17,436
ArenaBowl XII 1998 Orlando Predators 62 Tampa Bay Storm 31 Ice Palace 17,222
ArenaBowl XIII 1999 Albany Firebirds 59 Orlando Predators 48 Pepsi Arena 13,652
ArenaBowl XIV 2000 Orlando Predators 41 Nashville Kats 38 TD Waterhouse Centre 15,989
ArenaBowl XV 2001 Grand Rapids Rampage 64 Nashville Kats 42 Van Andel Arena 11,217
ArenaBowl XVI 2002 San Jose SaberCats 52 Arizona Rattlers 14 HP Pavilion at San Jose 16,942
ArenaBowl XVII 2003 Tampa Bay Storm 43 Arizona Rattlers 29 St. Pete Times Forum 20,469
ArenaBowl XVIII 2004 San Jose SaberCats 69 Arizona Rattlers 62 America West Arena 17,391
ArenaBowl XIX 2005 Colorado Crush 51 Georgia Force 48 Thomas & Mack Center 10,822
ArenaBowl XX 2006 Chicago Rush 69 Orlando Predators 61 Thomas & Mack Center 13,476
ArenaBowl XXI 2007 San Jose SaberCats 55 Columbus Destroyers 33 New Orleans Arena 17,056
ArenaBowl XXII 2008 Philadelphia Soul 59 San Jose SaberCats 56 New Orleans Arena 17,244
ArenaBowl XXIII 2010 Spokane Shock 69 Tampa Bay Storm 57 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 11,017
ArenaBowl XXIV 2011 TBD -- TBD -- TBD --
  • The Pittsburgh Gladiators relocated in 1991 to become the Tampa Bay Storm.
  • The Nashville Kats relocated in 2002 to become the Georgia Force. The Kats were brought back as an expansion team in 2005 and assumed all former team history up to the point when the original Kats relocated to Georgia. The Force are regarded as a completely separate team and keep records from their establishment in 2002 to the present, similar to the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens situation in the NFL.

Most championships wonEdit

Team Championships Winning years
Tampa Bay Storm 5 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2003
Detroit Drive 4 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992
San Jose SaberCats 3 2002, 2004, 2007
Arizona Rattlers 2 1994, 1997
Orlando Predators 2 1998, 2000
Chicago Rush 1 2006
Colorado Crush 1 2005
Denver Dynamite 1 1987
Grand Rapids Rampage 1 2001
Albany Firebirds 1 1999
Philadelphia Soul 1 2008
Spokane Shock 1 2010

StandingsEdit

Team W- L- PCT. PF PA Last Appearance
Active franchises
Tampa Bay Storm* 5 4 .555 362 390 2010
Orlando Predators 2 5 .286 316 337 2006
San Jose Sabercats 3 1 .750 232 168 2008
Arizona Rattlers 2 3 .400 196 228 2004
Chicago Rush 1 0 1.000 69 61 2006
Spokane Shock 1 0 1.000 69 57 2010
Philadelphia Soul 1 0 1.000 59 56 2008
Iowa Barnstormers 0 2 .000 71 97 1997
Georgia Force 0 1 .000 48 51 2005
Defunct franchises
Columbus Destroyers 0 1 .000 33 55 2007
Nashville Kats 0 2 .000 80 105 2001
Colorado Crush 1 0 1.000 51 48 2005
Grand Rapids Rampage 1 0 1.000 64 42 2001
Albany Firebirds 1 0 1.000 59 48 1999
Denver Dynamite 1 0 1.000 45 16 1987
Detroit Drive 4 2 .667 243 203 1993
Chicago Bruisers 0 1 .000 13 24 1988
Dallas Texans 0 1 .000 27 51 1990

*includes two appearances as Pittsburgh Gladiators (0-2, 42 points, 84 points allowed)

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