Quad City Steamwheelers (2018–)
The Quad City Steamwheelers are an indoor American football team that began play in 2018. They played their first season as part of the Champions Indoor Football, but have joined the Indoor Football League in advance of their second season. Based in Moline, Illinois, the Steamwheelers play their home games at the TaxSlayer Center. The team announced it would be dormant for the 2021 season due to the arena capacity restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Quad City Steamwheelers|
Play in TaxSlayer Center
in Moline, Illinois
|Team colors||Navy blue, gold and scarlet red|
|Head coach||Cory Ross|
|League championships (0)|
|Conference championships (0)|
|Division championships (0)|
|Playoff appearances (1)|
After the original Quad City Steamwheelers folded along with the AF2, TaxSlayer Center director Scott Mullen had been in talks with various investors seeking to bring back the Steamwheelers, but none were financially secure enough to meet his standards. During 2017, a splash page emerged allegedly belonging to a revived Steamwheelers team in the CIF, however, neither Mullen nor the CIF would comment on the page.
On August 15, 2017, the Center confirmed that a deal had been reached which would see the Wheelers return as members of the CIF for 2018, with a press conference taking place the following day. At the press conference, the Wheelers introduced their owner/general manager Doug Bland (previously part-owner of fellow CIF team the Dallas Marshals) and head coach Cory Ross (most recently head coach for the Omaha Beef).
After playing only one game in 2020, the Steamwheelers' season was initially postponed and the league's season was eventually cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 23, 2020, the team announced that due to the restrictions on arena capacity during the pandemic, the would be dormant for at least the 2021 season.
Rookies in italics
Statistics and recordsEdit
|League Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Playoff berth||League leader|
|Season||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|2018||CIF||North||3rd||8||4||0||Lost Conference Semifinal (Sioux City) 46–54|
|2020||IFL||—||1||0||0||Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|Totals||15||12||0||All-time regular season record (2018–2020)|
|0||1||—||All-time postseason record (2018–2020)|
|15||13||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2018–2020)|
- "Quad City Steamwheelers join the IFL for 2019 season". Nebraska.tv. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
- Tappa, Steve (August 1, 2017). "Steamwheelers return talk resurfaces". The Dispatch–Argus. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
- Doxsie, Don (August 15, 2017). "Steamwheelers indoor football returning to Q-C". Quad-City Times. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
- Doxsie, Don (August 16, 2017). "Dallas-based group bringing Steamwheelers back to life". Quad-City Times. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
- "Quad City Steamwheelers cancel 2021 season". KWQC. October 23, 2020.