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Arena Football 1
The ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE (AFL) is a professional indoor American football league in the United States. It was founded in 1987 by Jim Foster , making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America, after the Canadian Football League
Canadian Football League
(CFL) and the National Football League
National Football League
(NFL). The AFL plays a proprietary code known as arena football , a form of indoor American football
American football
played on a 66-by-28 yard field (about a quarter of the surface area of an NFL field), with rules encouraging offensive performance, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League (USFL) and the NFL. From 2000 to 2009, the AFL had its own developmental league , the af2
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Washington Commandos
ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE (1987 –1990 ) TEAM COLORSRed, Blue, White PERSONNEL HEAD COACH Mike Hohensee TEAM HISTORY * Washington Commandos
Washington Commandos
(1987) * Maryland
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Denver Dynamite (Arena Football)
ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE (1987 –1991 ) TEAM COLORSBlue, Yellow, White PERSONNEL OWNER(S) Gary Graham HEAD COACH Babe Parilli TEAM HISTORY * * DENVER DYNAMITE (1987–1991) CHAMPIONSHIPSLEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS (1) * 1987 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (0) Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (0) Prior to 1992, the AFL did not have division PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (4) 1987 , 1989 , 1990 , 1991 HOME ARENA(S) * McNichols Sports Arena (1987, 1989-1991)The DENVER DYNAMITE were an arena football team based in Denver, Colorado . The team began play in 1987 as a charter member of the Arena Football League . The team was brought in by businessman Sidney Shlenker and the team achieved success instantly, winning the first ever ArenaBowl under AFL Hall of Fame coach Tim Marcum . After sitting out the 1988 season, the Dynamite were purchased by investment banker Gary Graham for $125,000
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Mouse Davis
DARREL "MOUSE" DAVIS (born September 6, 1932) is a retired American football coach and former player. A veteran coach at the high school, college, and professional levels, he last coached with Jerry Glanville at Portland State and with June Jones at the University of Hawaii at Manoa . Davis served as the head football coach at Portland State University from 1975 to 1980, compiling a record of 42–24. He has also been a head coach with the Denver Gold of the United States Football League (1985), the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football (1991–1992), and the Detroit Fury (2001–2002) and the San Diego Riptide (2003) of the Arena Football League . A native of Washington , Davis grew up in Oregon , where he started his coaching career as a high school football coach. Davis is now widely regarded as the 'godfather' of the run and shoot offense
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Mellon Arena
Ice hockey: 16,940 Hockey SRO : 17,132 Basketball: 17,537 Concert: * End Stage 12,800 * Center Stage 18,039 FIELD SIZE 250 x 120 ft CONSTRUCTION BROKE GROUND March 12, 1958 OPENED September 17, 1961 RENOVATED 1986 ($19.5 million) Summer 1993 CLOSED June 26, 2010 DEMOLISHED September 26, 2011 – March 31, 2012 CONSTRUCTION COST US$22 million ($178 million in 2016 dollars ) ARCHITECT Mitchell & Ritchey Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Ammann "> The Civic Arena
Arena
during a Penguins game in 2008 The US$22 million ($178 million in 2016 dollars ) arena was completed for the CLO in 1961. Mayor David L. Lawrence
David L. Lawrence
had publicly announced plans for a "civic theater" as early as February 8, 1953 after years of public pressure had built after CLO president, civic leader and owner of Kaufmann\'s department store Edgar J
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Lee Corso
LEE CORSO (born August 7, 1935) is an American sports broadcaster and football analyst for ESPN
ESPN
and former coach. He has been a featured analyst on ESPN
ESPN
's College GameDay program since its inception in 1987. Corso served as the head football coach at the University of Louisville from 1969, to 1972, at Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University Bloomington
from 1973 to 1982, and at Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
in 1984, compiling a career college football coaching record of 73–85–6. He was the head coach for the Orlando Renegades
Orlando Renegades
of the United States Football League in 1985, tallying a mark of 5–13
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SportsCenter
SPORTSCENTER (SC) is a daily sports news television program that serves as the flagship program of American cable and satellite television network ESPN
ESPN
. Originally broadcast only once per day, SportsCenter
SportsCenter
now has up to twelve airings each day; the program features highlights and updates, and reviews scores from the day's (or depending on the airtime, the previous day's) major sporting events , along with commentary, analysis previewing upcoming games, feature segments, and news stories from around the sports world
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ESPN
ESPN
ESPN
(originally an initialism for ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS PROGRAMMING NETWORK) is a U.S.-based global cable and satellite sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc. , a joint venture owned by The Walt Disney Company (80%) and Hearst Communications (20%). The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen along with his son Scott Rasmussen and Ed Egan. ESPN
ESPN
broadcasts primarily from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut . The network also operates offices in Miami
Miami
, New York City , Seattle
Seattle
, Charlotte , and Los Angeles
Los Angeles
. George Bodenheimer currently serves as acting chairman of ESPN, a position he has held since December 18, 2017 due to the resignation of John Skipper (who succeeded Bodenheimer as president in 2012)
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Rockford MetroCentre
The BMO HARRIS BANK CENTER (formerly known as ROCKFORD METROCENTRE) is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena located in downtown Rockford , Illinois . It is currently home to the AHL 's Rockford IceHogs hockey team. The arena formerly served as the home of several defunct minor league sports teams, including the Rockford Lightning basketball team, the Rock River Raptors indoor football team, and the Rockford Rampage indoor soccer team. The BMO Harris Bank Center also secured a spot in history when it hosted the first Arena Football League test game in 1986 between the Chicago Politicians and the Rockford Metros . Due to its outdoor appearance, it is often referred to as the "Big Orange Box", although IceHogs officials refer to the arena as "the Barnyard". CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Arena information * 2.1 Naming rights * 3 Renovations * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORY THIS SECTION NEEDS EXPANSION with: fill out timeline beyond early 1980s
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Chicago Politicians
The CHICAGO POLITICIANS were a team formed in 1986 by Arena Football League founder Jim Foster to play an initial "test game" in Rockford, Illinois , at the MetroCentre . They were defeated by the Rockford Metros , 30–18. The test was deemed successful, as a four-team "demonstration season" was held the next year, and Arena football has been played every year since, although the original Arena Football League itself ceased operations after its 2008 season, and the current organization of that name bought the rights to it in bankruptcy proceedings
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Rockford Metros
The ROCKFORD METROS were an Arena football team formed by Arena Football League founder Jim Foster for the purposes of playing a "test game" in Rockford, Illinois in the spring of 1986 at the MetroCentre . The team was named after the MetroCentre itself. Players were taken from different semi-pro leagues in the area or those who just finished their final years of college football. They defeated the Chicago Politicians , despite Rich Salzer's two TDs, 30-18
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Allstate Arena
Coordinates : 42°0′19″N 87°53′16″W / 42.00528°N 87.88778°W / 42.00528; -87.88778 Allstate
Allstate
Arena FORMER NAMES Rosemont Horizon (1980–1999) ADDRESS 6920 North Mannheim Road LOCATION Rosemont, Illinois
Rosemont, Illinois
OWNER Village of Rosemont CAPACITY Concert
Concert
: 18,500 Pro Wrestling : 18,211 Basketball
Basketball
: 17,500 Ice hockey
Ice hockey
: 16,692 Arena Football
Arena Football
: 16,143 SURFACE Multi-surface CONSTRUCTION BROKE GROUND September 12, 1978 OPENED May 11, 1980 CONSTRUCTION COST $20 million ($73.4 million in 2016 dollars ) ARCHITECT Anthony M. Rossi Architects GENERAL CONTRACTOR Degen & Rosato Construction Co
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ArenaBowl I
Gary Mullen , WR/DB, Denver * Steve Trimble , WR/DB, Denver (Ironman of the Game) ATTENDANCE 13,232 WINNING COACH Tim Marcum LOSING COACH Joe Haerin TV IN THE UNITED STATES NETWORK ESPN
ESPN
ANNOUNCERS Bob Rathbun , Lee Corso
Lee Corso
* ArenaBowl * II →ARENA BOWL \'87 (or ARENA BOWL I) was the Arena Football League
Arena Football League
's very first Championship Game. It was played on August 1, 1987 at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
. In the game, the #2 Denver Dynamite defeated the #1 Pittsburgh Gladiators by a score of 45–16. Coming into the game, with both teams finishing their seasons at 4–2, the Gladiators hosted the ArenaBowl due to their high attendance during the regular season
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United States Patent And Trademark Office
The UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE (USPTO) is an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce that issues patents to inventors and businesses for their inventions, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property identification. The USPTO is "unique among federal agencies because it operates solely on fees collected by its users, and not on taxpayer dollars". Its "operating structure is like a business in that it receives requests for services—applications for patents and trademark registrations—and charges fees projected to cover the cost of performing the services provide". The USPTO is based in Alexandria, Virginia , after a 2005 move from the Crystal City area of neighboring Arlington , Virginia
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Art Schlichter
ART is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks ), expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art. The oldest documented forms of art are visual arts , which include creation of images or objects in fields including today painting, sculpture, printmaking , photography, and other visual media. Architecture
Architecture
is often included as one of the visual arts; however, like the decorative arts , or advertising, it involves the creation of objects where the practical considerations of use are essential—in a way that they usually are not in a painting, for example
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George LaFrance
GEORGE HERBERT LAFRANCE III (born September 24, 1965) is a former Arena Football League offensive specialist . In a playing career lasting twelve years, he played for the Detroit Drive (1988 -1993 ), the Tampa Bay Storm (1994 -1999 ), and the New Jersey Red Dogs (2000 ). In 2002, he served as general manager of the San Diego Riptide . CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Retirement * 3 References * 4 External links CAREERLaFrance attended Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas , where he played as a wide receiver for two years. LaFrance is in the AFL Hall Of Fame , and in ArenaBowl IX , wearing #25 for the Storm, became the only player to ever win ArenaBowl MVP 3 times. LaFrance is the career leader in Tampa Bay Storm all-purpose yards with over 20,000
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