The Storm acknowledged that some of the rings did, in fact, include cubic zirconia instead of diamonds, and that different players received greater amounts of diamonds in their rings based on their contributions that season.The Storm ended the 2006 season with a 7–9 record (4th in their Division), ending a 19-year streak of playoff appearances, dating back to their days as the Gladiators and the start of the Arena Football League.During its tenure the franchise won five Arena Bowl championships.With 241 wins, the Storm had won far more games than any other team in AFL history.The Storm resumed full operations for the new league's 2010 season, with some players from the former roster, and once again coached by Tim Marcum and this time owned by Tampa Bay Storm Partners LLC, a group led by Todd Boren, a previous partner with the Orlando Predators and the Arizona Rattlers.The AFL released the schedule for the season on December 31, 2009.He left as the AFL's all-time winningest head coach with 211 wins.
It had been in the same city for longer than any other AFL team.
It was also the last of the original four franchises (the Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite and Washington Commandos were the other three) to have operated in continuous existence from the formation of the league in 1987 until the present decade before ceasing operations.
The franchise was originally known as the Pittsburgh Gladiators, and was one of the original four AFL teams formed in 1987.
The team was named by Robert Ninehouser whose entry for the team name was selected in 1987.
They originally played their home games at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in Pittsburgh.
The team salvaged the .500 record by defeating the Los Angeles Avengers 72–47 in Tampa.
There was no 2009 Arena Football League season due to the league's ongoing financial difficulties, which resulted in its filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, later converted to Chapter 11, leaving it uncertain if the Storm, arguably the most successful team in the history of any form of indoor football, would ever play another game.
On June 19, 1987, the Gladiators defeated the Washington Commandos 48–46 in the first ever AFL regular season game.
The team moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Tampa, Florida in 1991, with the team taking on the "Storm" nickname.
The Cleveland Arena Football League franchise now bears the Gladiators name; however, other than the coincidental names the two organizations shared no link in histories.
The Storm won the Arena Bowl in its first season in Tampa Bay (V) and has won four subsequent championships (VII, Since 1997, the team played its home games in the Amalie Arena (previously the Ice Palace, St.