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. 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.
Results[edit | edit source]
- 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 won[edit | edit source]
|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|
|Grand Rapids Rampage||1||2001|
Standings[edit | edit source]
|Tampa Bay Storm*||5||4||.555||362||390||2010|
|San Jose Sabercats||3||1||.750||232||168||2008|
|Grand Rapids Rampage||1||0||1.000||64||42||2001|
*includes two appearances as Pittsburgh Gladiators (0-2, 42 points, 84 points allowed)