Denver Dynamite
Year founded 1987
Year folded 1991
Prior names none
Divisional championships none
ArenaBowl championships 1:

The Denver Dynamite were a charter member of the Arena Football League. They played their home games at McNichols Sports Arena. They were last coached by Vito "Babe" Parilli. The teams's logo was a bundle of dynamite sticks with a burning fuse.


The franchise played in the inaugural four-team "demonstration" season of 1987 and winning the first ArenaBowl that year. However, it did not return for the league's second season. The franchise was restarted in 1989, however, and operated for three subsequent seasons, ceasing operation after the 1991 campaign.

The owners retained the rights to operate an Arena Football franchise, however, which they sold in 1996 to a Nashville, Tennessee-based group which started the Nashville Kats (later the Georgia Force) the next year.

Denver would receive a new arena football team when the Colorado Crush, owned by Pat Bowlen and John Elway, was established.


ArenaBowl Champions ArenaBowl Appearance Playoff Berth
Season League Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses
1987 AFL 2nd 4 2 Won ArenaBowl I (Pittsburgh) 45–16
1988 Inactive
1989 AFL 2nd 3 1 Lost Semifinals (Pittsburgh) 39–37
1990 AFL 3rd 4 4 Lost Semifinals (Dallas) 26–25
1991 AFL 3rd 6 4 Lost Semifinals (Tampa Bay) 40–13
Total 17 11 (includes only regular season)
1 3 (includes only the postseason)
18 14 (includes both regular season and postseason)

AFL Hall of FamersEdit



  • Chris Brewer - First Team All-Arena Team (1987)
  • Patrick Cain - Second Team All-Arena Team (1987)
  • Wayne Coffey - First Team All-Arena Team (1991)
  • Rusty Fricke - Kicker of the Year (1991), 1st Team All-Arena Team (1991)
  • Gary Gussman - First Team All-Arena Team (1989)
  • Kelly Kirchbaum - Second Team All-Arena Team (1987)
  • Quinton Knight - First Team All-Arena Team (1989, 1990)
  • Joe March - First Team All-Arena Team (1991)
  • Gary Mullen - First Team All-Arena Team (1987)
  • Durell Taylor - Second Team All-Arena Team (1987)
  • Whit Taylor - Second Team All-Arena Team (1987)
  • Alvin Williams - Second Team All-Arena Team (1991)
  • Mitch Young - Second Team All-Arena Team (1990)



  • Tim Marcum, Head Coach (1987)
  • Babe Parilli, Head Coach (1989–91)

Notable playersEdit


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