Arena Football in Pittsburgh

  • James Foster Jr. & colleague are inspired by indoor soccer.

    Hall of FameWhile attending a a major league indoor soccer game, Foster and another staff member of the NFL's front office thought up ideas a roles for an indoor football game, writing them down on a manilla folder which now resides at the AFL Hall of Fame.
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  • Foster tests game play at MetroCentre

    IAfter 5 years of experimentation and perfection of his rules, Foster gains capital. n April of 1986 and February of 1987 test games are played at MetroCentre in downtown Rockford, Illinois and Rosemont Horizon Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, which will later become the home of the Chicago Rush AHL team.
  • Pittsburgh Gladiators play in first ever AFL game

    The first AFL game between the Pittsburgh Gladiators and the Washington Commandos takes place after a two week training camp warms up the players of the four original teams: Pittsburgh Gladiators, Washington Commandos, Denver Dynamite, and the Miamai Vise.
  • Arena Bowl 1 played at Civic Arena

    Arena Bowl 1 played at Civic Arena
    On Saturday, Aug. 1 1987, The Denver Dynamite defeated the Pittsburgh Gladiators at the Civic Arena, with the top open at the first ever Arena Bowl. There were 13,232 people in attendence.
  • Pittsburgh Gladiators relocated and become Tampa Bay Storm

    Pittsburgh Gladiators relocated and become Tampa Bay Storm
    Tampa Bay Storm's Page/In 1991( (exact date not specified) the Pittsburgh Gladitors moved and became a team that still currently exists as the Tampa Bay Storm. They have one five Arena Football Championships in 1991, 1993 , 1995, 1996, and 2003.
  • Pittsburgh Power announces new team will be ready for 2011 season

    On August 20, it is announced that the Pittsburgh Power will be a new team in Pittsburgh and play it's 8 home game season at the newly constructed Consol Energy Center.
  • Power hires head coach Chris Siegfried

    Chris Siegfried was selected to be the head coach for the Power's inaugural season.
  • First Power game opens against the Philidelphia Soul