Tampa Bay Storm Tickets
The most popular sport of the world becomes even more interesting when the team playing it possesses extraordinary skills and talent, like Tampa Bay Storm. The crowd goes mad with excitement and joy to see their favorite team exhibit their football skills. Tampa Bay, Florida based professional football team Tampa Bay Storm plays in Arena Football League. The team has its home ground in St. Pete’s Time Forum in Tampa. Its history dates back to 1987 when Arena Football League had four charter franchises, this team being one of them, playing with the name of Pittsburgh Gladiators. Tampa Bay Storm is the only team from the four to play till now. The team continued playing with that name till 1991 when they shifted their home town to Tampa, Florida and acquired the new name of Tampa Bay Storm.
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Tampa Bay Storm is one of the two teams that have the record of playing from a single market area for the longest time among all the teams of Arena Football League, the other team being the Orlando Predators. Their playing record has been remarkable right from the beginning, winning the first ArenaBowl they played after moving to Tampa Bay. They had previously lost both the ArenaBowl games they participated in, as Pittsburgh Gladiators. Their record also improved as they were coached by one of the greatest football coaches in history of Arena Football, named Tim Marcum. Currently the team has Dave Ewart as its Head Coach. The team also played for a short period of time at Thunderdome located in St. Petersburg, which has now been renamed to Tropicana Field, before moving to their current home at St. Pete’s Forum. Their traditional rivals remain the Orlando Predators that also share a similar and long history and their matches being close competitions, attract a huge number of spectators. The team has a dog as its mascot named Storm Dawg, frequently seen in the stadium during its matches as well as on signboards and hoardings as a promotional campaign.
During its journey through time, the team also had some controversies to face, including the 2004 incident when there was a grievance filed against the Tampa Bay Storm by AFL Players Union, owing to the fact that the diamond rings given to them during 2003 championship contained some fake diamonds. The controversy was settled later after the management acknowledged the fact and compensated the affected players. The team played for a long time in Arena Football League, and has joined another football controlling body called the Arena Football 1, formed in 2009. Tampa Bay Storm has been included among the first nine teams that opened the first season of this new organization. Critics believe that this new organization can bring a new era to professional football career of Tampa Bay Storm. This has also been marked by the resignation of their legendary coach Tim Marcum who served the team for over 15 years, eventually being replaced by Dave Ewart.
The team is currently owned by Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, whose chairman is Jeffrey Vinik. Most of the official broadcasts for Tampa Bay Storm are done at Storm Radio, with a star radio jockey as its announcer named Jack Harris. The radio color commentator at present is John Dixon. John is also famous as director of broadcasting for another team called Tampa Bay Lightning. Bright House Networks channel Bright House Sports Network broadcasts all the games played by Tampa Bay Storm at their home ground. For all the football lovers, Tampa Bay Storm tickets offer the best way to enjoy some of the greatest games of football played by a team that contains both fresh talent as well as some seasoned players. The team has the potential to thrill the spectators with their great game play and win against any opposition!
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