New Orleans Night

The New Orleans Night were an Arena Football League (AFL) team that competed in the 1991 and 1992 AFL seasons and were based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The team was officially announced at a press conference on March 18, 1991.[1] On April 9, the name Night was unveiled as was Eddie Khayat, former head coach of the Nashville Kats, as head coach.[2]

New Orleans Night
Established 1991
Folded 1992
Played in Louisiana Superdome
in New Orleans
New Orleans Night logo
League/conference affiliations
Arena Football League (19911992)
Team colorsMidnight blue, orange, white
Owner(s)Mike McBath
Bill Hampton
David Briggs
Head coachVince Gibson
Team history
  • New Orleans Night (1991–1992)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)


The Night played their home games inside the massive Louisiana Superdome, also home of the NFL New Orleans Saints, which obviously had to be modified considerably to cut the playing surface and fan seating down to a size appropriate to fit arena football. The Superdome used its basketball configuration, previously used for the New Orleans Jazz NBA team and for some special college basketball games and tournament play, for arena football. Using this setup, the dome still had a capacity of 30,000 for the Night. Also, during the 1992 season, the Night used a huge blue curtain to close off the rest of the unused dome, to give a smaller arena feel to it. Team colors were Midnight Blue, Sunset Orange, and Moonlight White. The Night wore Zubaz designed uniforms used during the 1991 season.[3]

The team was disbanded after a winless 1992 season.

Notable playersEdit

Final rosterEdit

New Orleans Night roster

Wide receivers/Defensive backs

Running backs/Linebackers

Offensive linemen/Defensive linemen

Wide receivers/Linebackers


Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 15, 2013
32 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

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Individual AwardsEdit

Ironman of the Year
Season Player Position
1991 Milton Barney WR/DB

All-Arena playersEdit

The following Night players were named to All-Arena Teams:

Notable coachesEdit

Head coachesEdit

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 1992 Arena Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Eddie Khayat 1991 4 6 0 .400 0 0
Vince Gibson 1992 0 10 0 .000 0 0


Season records
Season W L T Finish Playoff results
1991 4 6 0
1992 0 10 0
Totals 4 16 0



  1. ^ Smith, Jimmy (March 19, 1991). "Arena football coming to town". The Times-Picayune. pp. E1.
  2. ^ Roesler, Bob (April 10, 1991). "Night dawns in N.O.". The Times-Picayune. pp. C1.
  3. ^ Image of 1991 uniform

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