Afl Tampa Bay Suspends Operations

December 22, 2017 - Arena Football League (AFL)

News Release

Storm will not compete in 2018

LAS VEGAS - The Arena Football League announced today the Tampa Bay Storm will be ceasing operations effective immediately. The Storm have a rich tradition, history and strong fan base, and will be pleased to explore future opportunities in a stronger, reinvented Arena Football League at the appropriate time. The Storm have been a part of the AFL since the League formed in 1987, first as the Pittsburgh Gladiators from 1987-1990 before relocating to Tampa Bay in 1991.

"We are eternally grateful to the Storm fans, current and former players, our sponsorship partners and the Tampa Bay community for their continued support during the team's 26 years of operation in Tampa Bay," said Steve Griggs, Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment. "We are proud of the five ArenaBowl Championships they all earned throughout our history."

"The Storm have been a key member of the AFL since the very beginning and we look to bring them back in the near future," Commissioner Scott Butera stated. "We are committed to our vision of continued growth in the coming years. The AFL remains steadfast in building our organization to be stronger than ever."

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