|Head coach||Rob Keefe|
|Home arena|| Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena |
|City, State||[[Spokane, Washington]]|
|ArenaCup championships|| 3 (af2: 2006, 2009) |
(AFL: ArenaBowl XXIII)
The Spokane Shock are a professional arena football team and current champions of the Arena Football League from Spokane, Washington, USA. They play their home games at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The Shock played their first four seasons in the now-defunct af2, winning division titles in all four seasons and ArenaCups in 2006 and 2009 before joining the new AFL and winning its first championship in ArenaBowl XXIII.
The birth of the ShockEdit
For many years, there have been several proposals to bring an arena football team to Spokane, however those proposals never got off the drawing board. In the summer of 2005, owner Brady Nelson teamed up with two additional partners to bring a team to Spokane. On August 26, 2005, during af2 league meetings in Bossier City, Louisiana, league commissioner Jerry Kurz accepted Nelson's proposal. Spokane had been awarded an af2 team, and the Spokane Shock were born. The Shock was one of three expansion teams to begin playing in 2006. The other two were the Everett Hawks, and the Stockton Lightning.
Building the team
- On October 12, 2005, the Shock announced that Chris Siegfried would be the franchise's inaugural coach.
- By the end of 2005, 13 players had been signed.
- On February 28, 2006, the Spokane Shock sold their 2,000th season ticket.
- On March 22, 2006, 3,000 season tickets had been sold.
- On March 30, 2006, the Spokane Shock played their inaugural game against the Stockton Lighting and won 41-40.
- On September 27, 2009, the Spokane Shock became part of the now Arena Football League.
Arena: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (10,770 football capacity). Over 300 seats were added for 2010, so the overall capacity is larger than in AF2.
Spokane Shock AFL Attendance Records:
Largest crowd: 10,775 vs. Chicago Rush (July 23, 2010)
Smallest crowd: 9,974 vs. Cleveland (May 1, 2010)
Regular Season Average Attendance:
|Year||Total Att||Average||League Rank||Sellouts / Games|
|2010 (AFL)||82,509||10,313||5th||1 of 8|
|Total||82,509||10,313||-||1 of 8|
Playoff Attendance History (AFL):
2010: (8,236) 1st round 8,236 vs. Arizona
Arena: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (10,471 football capacity).
Spokane Shock Arena Football Attendance Records:
Largest crowds: 10,662 vs. Tennessee Valley (Arena Cup 9 - Aug. 25th 2008); 10,659 twice during 2008 regular season.
Smallest crowds: 7,267 vs. Stockton 2009 Playoffs (Aug. 1st, 2009); 9,387 vs. Stockton on March 30, 2006 (inaugural game)
Regular Season Average Attendance:
|Year||Total Att||Average||League Rank||Sellouts / Games|
|2006 (AF2)||79,213||9,902||1st||4 of 8|
|2007 (AF2)||84,556||10,570||1st||8 of 8|
|2008 (AF2)||84,705||10,588||1st||8 of 8|
|2009 (AF2)||83,306||10,413||1st||5 of 8|
|Total||331,780||10,368||-||25 of 32|
Total all time attendance, including playoff games while part of the AF2 (2006–2009): 422,584
Total all time sell-outs including playoff games: 27
Regular Season Sell-out streak:
The Spokane Shock sold-out the Spokane Arena for 19 consecutive regular season games starting with the regular season finale in 2006, and continuing to the 2nd game in 2009. The last non sell-out regular season game was on June 26, 2009.
Playoff Attendance History (Af2):
2006: (20,242) 1st round bye, 2nd round 9,692 vs Bakersfield, 3rd round 10,550 vs Arkansas, Arena Cup 7 in Puerto Rico
2007: (8,272) 1st round 8,272 vs. Louisville
2008: (37,735) 1st round 8,872 vs. Austin, 2nd round 8,923 vs. Central Valley, 3rd round 9,278 vs. Amarillo, Arena Cup 9 at Spokane Arena 10,662 vs. Tennessee Valley.
2009: (24,555) 1st round 7,267 vs. Stockton, 2nd round 8,041 vs. Boise, 3rd round 9,247 vs. Tulsa, Arena Cup 10 in Las Vegas
Other AF2 Attendance Records:
1. 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th highest total regular season attendance in AF2 history: 83,306 (2009), 84,705 (2008), 84,556 (2007), 79,213 (2006).
2. Largest crowd in Arena Cup History (10,662 - Arena Cup 9) Spokane vs. Tennessee Valley on Aug. 25th, 2008.
3. Longest regular season sell-out streak in AF2 history, 19 games.
4. AF2 season ticket sales record - 2007, almost 8,000.
Last updated Aug 6, 2010. (TM)
2006: The Cinderella StoryEdit
The Shock put together a significant inaugural season, posting a 14-2 regular-season record and a first-place finish in the National Conference Western Division. During the af2 playoffs, the Shock defeated the Bakersfield Blitz and the Arkansas Twisters en route to winning the af2 National Conference championship and a berth in ArenaCup VII against the Green Bay Blizzard in San Juan, Puerto Rico. On August 26, the Shock defeated the Blizzard by a score of 57-34 to win ArenaCup VII. The Spokane Shock became the first expansion team in af2 history to advance to, and win, the ArenaCup. . The Shock led the league in attendance with an average of around 10,000 fans per home game.
As a result of the team's excellent play, head coach Chris Siegfried was named the af2 Head Coach of the Year for the 2006 season. Four Shock players also earned All-af2 National Conference honors as well. WR/LB Charles Frederick, OLS Ed Ta'amu and DS Rob Keefe earned first-team honors while OL/DL Jerome Stevens earned second-team accolades.
- On Monday, September 4, 2006, Spokane Head Coach Chris Siegfried accepted the offensive coordinator position for the AFL's Kansas City Brigade.
- On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 The Spokane Shock announced that former Louisville Fire Offensive Coordinator Adam Shackleford would become their new Head Coach.
- The Shock also lost players, who signed with AFL teams.
- On October 6, 2006, OS Antwone Savage signed with the Dallas Desperados, making him the first player in Shock history to sign with an AFL team.
- Just four days later, on October 10, WR/LB Kevin Beard signed with the Chicago Rush.
- On October 23, 2006, WR/DB Charles Frederick reunited with former Shock coach Chris Siegfried after he signed with the Kansas City Brigade
The 2007 Shock would win their second consecutive division title with a 12-4 record. The Shock would eventually fall in the first round of the af2 playoffs to the Louisville Fire.
In 2008 it looked like the Shock were going to have a team just as talented as the 2006 team. With a great WR group and two great QB's it seemed like the Shocks offense would never be stopped. Their defense was just as good, with Sergio Gilliam breaking the af2 int record and Devon Parks leading the af2 in sacks it looked as if they would not lose one game. When the Shock were 11-0 they were setting their goals to be 16-0, but the South Georgia Wildcats had other plans. South Georgia beat the Shock with a last second field goal to win 56-54. But the Shock would not drop another game for the rest of the regular season. The Shock headed into to the playoffs with home field advantage and went all the way to the ArenaCup. The Shock matched up with the Tennessee Valley Vipers on Aug 25th 2008 in ArenaCup IX. Tony Colsten the back-up QB for Tennessee Valley had to come in after the first drive of the game due to the injury of their starter. The game was close throughout and regulation ended with both teams dead locked at 48 to send the ArenaCup into its first ever overtime. After the Shock scored a TD in OT Tennessee Valley matched that with a TD but they had victory in on their mind and went for a two point conversion and Tony Colsten scrambled into the end zone to capture their first ArenaCup championship.
2010 Regular season scheduleEdit
|1||Friday||April 2||8:00 PM||Milwaukee Iron||L 62–74||0–1||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|||
|2||Friday||April 9||6:05 PM||at Utah Blaze||W 68–34||1–1||E Center|||
|3||Saturday||April 17||7:00 PM||Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings||W 78–70||2–1||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|||
|5||Saturday||May 1||7:00 PM||Cleveland Gladiators||L 68–72||2–2||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|||
|6||Friday||May 7||7:30 PM||at Arizona Rattlers||W 63–56||3–2||US Airways Center|||
|7||Sunday||May 16||12:05 PM||at Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz||W 68–63||4–2||Cox Convention Center|||
|8||Saturday||May 22||7:00 PM||Utah Blaze||W 77–28||5–2||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|||
|9||Saturday||May 29||7:00 PM||Jacksonville Sharks||W 67–57||6–2||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|||
|11||Saturday||June 12||4:30 PM||at Orlando Predators||W 53–52||7–2||Amway Arena|||
|12||Friday||June 18||7:00 PM||Tulsa Talons||W 63–42||8–2||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|||
|13||Saturday||June 26||5:00 PM||at Milwaukee Iron||W 62–48||9–2||Bradley Center|||
|14||Friday||July 2||7:00 PM||Arizona Rattlers||W 37–36||10–2||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|||
|15||Saturday||July 10||4:00 PM||at Cleveland Gladiators||W 62–56||11–2||Quicken Loans Arena|||
|16||Friday||July 16||5:05 PM||at Iowa Barnstormers||W 48–42||12–2||Wells Fargo Arena|||
|17||Friday||July 23||5:00 PM||Chicago Rush||W 63–49||13–2||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|||
|18||Friday||July 30||4:35 PM||at Jacksonville Sharks||L 49–63||13–3||Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena|||
All times are PDT
Spokane Shock roster
Fullbacks None currently
| Offensive Linemen
| Injured Reserve
- None currently
Current coaching staffEdit
- Head Coach - Rob Keefe
- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator - Fred Biletnikoff Jr.
- Defensive Coordinator - TBA
- Strength and Conditioning/Defensive Line Coach - Steve Emtman
- Offensive Line Coach - Travis Crusenberry
- Dance Team Director - Maggie Cahalan