Tampa Bay Storm Schedule
When it comes to arena football, and all of its fast paced, hard hitting action, you can
do no better than the Tampa Bay Storm. The Storm have been one of the most popular attractions in Tampa Bay since relocating
there in 1991. Football fans in Tampa Bay have nothing to worry about when the NFL season comes to a close and there are no
more Tampa Bay Buccaneers games to attend, as the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League season is about to begin in early
Spring. Their winning way shave earned them plenty of fans in the football crazed town and the Tampa Bay Storm have long been
one of the premiere teams in the league. Get in on the 2014 Tampa Bay Storm season right from the start with tickets from
Friday, March 14th marks the home opener for the Tampa Bay Storm at Tampa Bay Times Forum when the New Orleans
Voodoo comes to town. These two teams plain don't like one another and the environment for the kickoff to another Tampa Bay
Storm season is sure to be electric. The only other AFL team to have been in their current city as long as the Storm is the
Orlando Predators and these in state rivals have two games at Tampa Bay Times Forum this season, the first on March 25th with
the second one coming towards the end of the regular season on June 21st. be sure to check out all of the Tampa Bay Storm's
home schedule right here on StubHub.
The Tampa Bay Storm are the most successful franchise in
all of Arena Football, having won five championships to date. You can be sure that coach Lawrence Samuels will be looking
to guide his squad back to the promised land during the 2014 season, and with the amount of talent on the roster this year
he just may accomplish this goal. The franchise is a charter member of the Arena Football League having been founded in 1987
however they spent their first four years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania playing as the Pittsburgh Gladiators. By the time the
team relocated to Tampa Bay in 1991 they were playing in a city which was hungry for football during the NFL off season as
was evident by the throngs of fans showing up to home games. Initially the team played in St. Petersburg at the Thunder Dome
which would later be renamed Tropicana Field and become home of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. The Storm, however,
were the stadium's first tenants.
Football fans in general are some of the most passionate
sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding arena league football, and Tampa Bay Storm fans are
certainly some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire AFL. On game day at Tampa Bay Times Forum, the fans
file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the opening
kick off the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for kick off and the excitement really begins.
Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful runs, and tremendous passes and catches
set the arena on fire for the following four quarters of world class arena league football. By the time the final whistle
blows your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning
a return trip.
The Arena Football League is the top of the tops when it comes to indoor football
in the United States and is the third-longest running professional football league in North America, behind only the National
Football League and the Canadian Football League. Each of the fourteen teams play 18 regular season games with two bye weeks
all the while trying to position themselves for a spot in the playoffs where they can hopefully make a run to the Arena Bowl.
The league has been so successful that for nine years it even had a developmental league, the af2. To date the Tampa Bay Storm
lead the way as the most successful franchise in league history having won five Arena Bowl championships.
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden was a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Storm and led the team to an Arena Bowl V victory
by engineering a last minute scoring drive that culminated in a deep touchdown pass to Stevie Thomas in the waning seconds
which gave the Storm a come from behind victory in the championship game. In 2012 the Tampa Bay Storm became the first team
in the history of the Arena Football League to win 200 games. Their biggest rival is the Orlando Predators and their annual
match ups are referred to as the War on I-4.