The Tampa Bay Storm is a professional arena football franchise of the Arena Football League (AFL) based in Tampa, Florida. The franchise was originally known as the Pittsburgh Gladiators, and was one of the founding members of the AFL in 1987. The Storm is the oldest team in AFL, since the other original teams, Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite, and Washington Commandos, have all folded. They are the last of the original four franchises to have operated in continuous existence from the formation of the league until the present. The Gladiators participated in ArenaBowl I and ArenaBowl III, losing both games. The franchise moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Tampa, Florida in 1991, and changed its name to the Tampa Bay Storm.
In Tampa, the Storm won ArenaBowl V, ArenaBowl VII, ArenaBowl IX, ArenaBowl X, and ArenaBowl XVII. They also played in and lost ArenaBowl XII. In their 22-year history (through the 2008 season), they have an overall regular season record of 181 wins, and 99 losses. They have made 20 postseason appearances, and have an overall postseason record of 21 wins and 13 losses. The Storm ended the 2006 season with a 7–9 record (4th in their Division), ending a 19-year streak of playoff appearances, the longest in AFL. Since 1997, the team has played its home games in the St. Pete Times Forum (previously the Ice Palace) which is located in Tampa.
In 2009, the AFL announced it had suspended operations indefinitely, and canceled the 2009 season. On December 10, 2009, the Storm announced that they would be back for the 2010 season when the league relaunched. In 2010, the team was also moved to the American Conference's South division.
- Note: The Finish, Wins, and Losses columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. This list documents the season–by–season records of the Storm's franchise from 1987 to present, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches.
|ArenaBowl Champions||ArenaBowl Appearance||Division Champions||Playoff Berth|
|Season||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results||Awards|
|1987||AFL||–||–||1st||4||2||Lost ArenaBowl I (Denver) 16–45||Billy Stone (Most Valuable Player)|
|1988||AFL||–||–||3rd*||6||6||Lost Semifinals (Detroit) 25–34|
|1989||AFL||–||–||2nd*||3||1||Won Semifinals (Denver) 39–37 |
Lost ArenaBowl III (Detroit) 26–39
|1990||AFL||–||–||4th||3||5||Lost Semifinals (Detroit) 30–61||Thomas Monroe (Ironman of the Year)|
|Tampa Bay Storm|
|1991||AFL||–||–||3rd||8||2||Won Semifinals (Denver) 40–13 |
Won ArenaBowl V (Detroit) 48–42
|Fran Curci (Coach of the Year)|
|1992||AFL||–||Southern||2nd||9||1||Won Quarterfinals (Cincinnati) 41–36 |
Lost Semifinals (Orlando) 21–24
|Jay Gruden (Most Valuable Player)|
|1993||AFL||National||–||2nd||9||3||Won Quarterfinals (Albany) 48–34 |
Won Semifinals (Orlando) 55–52
Won ArenaBowl VII (Detroit) 51–31
|Bob Gries (Commissioner's Award)|
|1994||AFL||National||–||2nd||7||5||Lost Quarterfinals (Massachusetts) 51–58|
|1995||AFL||National||Southern||1st||10||2||Won Quarterfinals (Memphis) 53–41 |
Won Semifinals (Albany) 56–49
Won ArenaBowl IX (Orlando) 48–35
|1996||AFL||National||Southern||1st||12||2||Won Quarterfinals (Anaheim) 30–16 |
Won Semifinals (Arizona) 55–54
Won ArenaBowl X (Iowa) 42–38
|Kent Wells (Lineman of the Year)|
|1997||AFL||National||Southern||2nd||8||6||Won Quarterfinals (Nashville) 52–49|
Lost Semifinals (Arizona) 46–49
|Tracey Perkins (Defensive Player of the Year)|
|1998||AFL||National||Southern||1st||12||2||Won Quarterfinals (San Jose) 65–46 |
Won Semifinals (New Jersey) 49–23
Lost ArenaBowl XII (Orlando) 31–62
|Johnnie Harris (Defensive Player of the Year) |
Tim Marcum (Coach of the Year)
|1999||AFL||National||Southern||1st||11||3||Lost Quarterfinals (Orlando) 19–41||Charles Wilson (Rookie of the Year)|
|2000||AFL||National||Southern||3rd||8||6||Won Wild Card Round (Milwaukee) 72–64 |
Lost Quarterfinals (Orlando) 24–34
|2001||AFL||National||Southern||2nd||10||4||Lost Quarterfinals (Indiana) 31–68||Tim Marcum (Founder's Award)|
|2002||AFL||National||Southern||3rd||6||8||Won Wild Card Round (Los Angeles) 66–41 |
Lost Quarterfinals (San Jose) 48–55
|2003||AFL||National||Southern||1st||12||4||Won Quarterfinals (Detroit) 52–48 |
Won Semifinals (Orlando) 60–50
Won ArenaBowl XVII (Arizona) 43–29
|2004||AFL||National||Southern||3rd||9||7||Lost Conference Semifinals (San Jose) 52–56|
|2005||AFL||National||Southern||3rd||10||6||Lost Conference Semifinals (Georgia) 46–62|
|2007||AFL||National||Southern||3rd||9||7||Lost Wild Card (Columbus) 55–56||Brett Dietz (Rookie of the Year)|
|2009||The league suspended operations for the 2009 AFL season.|
|2010||AFL||American||South||2nd||11||5||Won Conference Semifinals (Tulsa) 68–38 |
Won Conference Championship (Orlando) 63–62
Lost ArenaBowl XXIII (Spokane) 57–69
|Total||192||104||(includes only regular season)|
|23||16||(includes only the postseason)|
|215||120||(includes both regular season and postseason)|
- "Pittsburgh Gladiators History". Tampa Bay Storm. Archived from the original on December 31, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061231203554/http://www.tampabaystorm.com/storm/sub.cfm?pageid=1347.
- "Tampa Bay Storm History". Tampa Bay Storm. Archived from the original on August 4, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080804134229/http://www.tampabaystorm.com/storm/sub.cfm?pageid=1246#. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
- "Pittsburgh Gladiators — Team History". Arena Fan. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=5&year=0&team=5. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
- "Tampa Bay Storm — Team History". Arena Fan. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/Tampa_Bay_Storm-12/history/. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Pittsburgh Gladiators History". Tampa Bay Storm. Archived from the original on December 31, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061231203554/http://www.tampabaystorm.com/storm/sub.cfm?pageid=1347.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Tampa Bay Storm History". Tampa Bay Storm. Archived from the original on August 4, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080804134229/http://www.tampabaystorm.com/storm/sub.cfm?pageid=1246#. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Pittsburgh Gladiators — Team History". Arena Fan. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=5&year=0&team=5. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Tampa Bay Storm — Team History". Arena Fan. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/Tampa_Bay_Storm-12/history/. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
- ↑ "St. Pete Times Forum: Home of the Five Time World Champion Tampa Bay Storm". Tampa Bay Storm. Archived from the original on August 4, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080804132119/http://www.tampabaystorm.com/storm/sub.cfm?pageid=1248. Retrieved September 9, 2008.
- ↑ "AFL suspends 2009 season". Arena Football League. http://www.arenafootball.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=3633481&DB_OEM_ID=3500. Retrieved January 23, 2009.[dead link]