1996 Tampa Bay Storm season

The 1996 Tampa Bay Storm season was the tenth season for the Tampa Bay Storm. They finished the 1996 Arena Football League season 12–2 and finished the season with the franchise's second consecutive, and fourth overall, ArenaBowl championship.[1]

1996 Tampa Bay Storm season
Head coachTim Marcum
Home fieldThunderDome
Results
Record12–2
Division place1st, Southern
Playoff finishW Quarterfinals vs. Anaheim
W Semifinals vs. Arizona
W ArenaBowl X vs. Iowa

ScheduleEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Game site (attendance)
Final score Team record
1 April 26 at St. Louis Stampede W 57–38 1–0 Kiel Center (6,335)
2 Bye
3 May 11 Texas Terror W 62–27 2–0 ThunderDome (14,178)
4 May 18 Orlando Predators W 63–42 3–0 ThunderDome (16,444)
5 May 24 at Minnesota Fighting Pike W 41–16 4–0 Target Center (7,781)
6 June 1 San Jose SaberCats W 36–22 5–0 ThunderDome (14,663)
7 June 8 Florida Bobcats W 55–47 6–0 ThunderDome (14,117)
8 June 15 at Anaheim Piranhas W 34–28 7–0 Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim (14,102)
9 June 22 at Memphis Pharaohs W 43–12 8–0 Pyramid Arena (3,363)
10 June 29 Charlotte Rage L 53–66 8–1 ThunderDome (15,492)
11 July 6 at Florida Bobcats W 39–36 9–1 West Palm Beach Auditorium (3,363)
12 July 12 Albany Firebirds W 65–52 (OT) 10–1 ThunderDome (13,202)
13 July 19 at Orlando Predators L 39–40 10–2 Orlando Arena (16,236)
14 July 27 Arizona Rattlers W 69–48 11–2 ThunderDome (12,345)
15 August 2 at Texas Terror W 42–30 12–2 Compaq Center (9,750)

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PlayoffsEdit

The Storm were awarded the No. 2 seed in the AFL playoffs.

Round Date Opponent Results Game site (attendance)
Final score Playoff record
Quarterfinals August 9 (7) Anaheim Piranhas W 30–16 1–0 ThunderDome (13,021)
Semifinals August 17 (3) Arizona Rattlers W 55–54 2–0 ThunderDome (13,572)
ArenaBowl August 26 at (1) Iowa Barnstormers W 42–38 3–0 Veterans Memorial Auditorium (11,411)

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StandingsEdit

Team Overall Division
Wins Losses Percentage Wins Losses Percentage
National Conference
Eastern Division
Albany Firebirds 10 4 0.714 4 0 1.000
Charlotte Rage 5 9 0.357 2 2 0.500
Connecticut Coyotes 2 12 0.143 0 4 0.000
Southern Division
Tampa Bay Storm 12 2 0.857 5 1 0.833
Orlando Predators 9 5 0.643 5 1 0.833
Florida Bobcats 6 8 0.429 2 4 0.333
Texas Terror 1 13 0.071 0 6 0.000
American Conference
Central Division
Iowa Barnstormers 12 2 0.857 4 2 0.667
Milwaukee Mustangs 10 4 0.714 5 1 0.833
St. Louis Stampede 8 6 0.571 3 3 0.500
Memphis Pharaohs 0 14 0.000 0 6 0.000
Western Division
Arizona Rattlers 11 3 0.786 3 2 0.600
Anaheim Piranhas 9 5 0.643 4 1 0.800
San Jose SaberCats 6 8 0.429 1 4 0.200
Minnesota Fighting Pike 4 10 0.286 1 2 0.333
  • Green indicates clinched playoff berth
  • Blue indicates division champion
  • Grey indicates best regular season record

AwardsEdit

Position Player Award All-Arena team
Offensive/defensive lineman Kent Wells Lineman of the Year 1st
Wide receiver/linebacker Stevie Thomas - 2nd
Offensive/defensive lineman Sylvester Bembery - 2nd
Defensive specialist Tracey Perkins - 2nd

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Tampa Bay Storm Team History - 1996 | ArenaFan.com". www.arenafan.com. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "1996 Tampa Bay Storm Game-by-Game Results on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com. Retrieved January 27, 2021.