Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!===Columbus Destroyers (2004 - 2008)=== The '''Buffalo Destroyers''' moved to Columbus after the [[2003 in sports|2003]] Arena Football League season. They played their home games in downtown's [[Nationwide Arena]], which they shared with the [[National Hockey League]]'s [[Columbus Blue Jackets]]. The Destroyers were sold to [[John H. McConnell]], founder of Worthington Industries and majority owner of the Blue Jackets, and accountant [[Jim Renacci]]. Also owning a stake in the team is NFL wide receiver and former Ohio State football standout [[Joey Galloway]]. Mark Hamister, who owned the team during the Buffalo tenure, initially stayed on as a minority owner, but would eventually sell his share. The Columbus Destroyers, over their first two years, would often market people with the team who are also associated with [[Ohio State University|The Ohio State University]] [[American football|football]] program, rather than the team itself. In the 2004 season, it relied heavily on head coach, former Ohio State coach [[Earle Bruce]], and front office worker [[Chris Spielman]]. In the 2005 season, Spielman became head coach of the team and much of the Destroyers merchandise bore his name. However, as the 2006 season approached, the team appeared to have dropped marketing Ohio State personalities, instead promoting the Destroyers playing "Fast-forward football". Since then, the Destroyers have enjoyed more success, finishing 7-9 in 2006 and making a run all the way to [[ArenaBowl XXI]] in 2007. Despite high hopes the [[2008 Columbus Destroyers season|2008 Destroyers]] weren't able to capitalize on the previous two years success and finished with a 3-13 record. It was announced at the end of the season that Destroyers ownership and [[Doug Kay]] had reached a decision that he would not return as head coach. The Destroyers mascot's name was '''Bruiser'''. The Destroyers had been better received in Columbus than they were in Buffalo, as their attendance levels were some of the highest in the AFL, and they were regularly covered in the media. Home games were televised locally on [[Columbus Sports Network]], but this coverage ceased after the network folded. All games were broadcast on their radio partner Wink 107.1 FM. The rights to the "Columbus Destroyers" and "Buffalo Destroyers" brands are currently held, along with the rest of the league, with [[Arena Football League (2010)|Arena Football League]]. So far, there have been no discussions to place an AFL team in Columbus or Buffalo despite Buffalo receiving the af2 bid for 2010. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the American Football Database are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://americanfootballdatabase.fandom.com/wiki/Columbus_Destroyers"