|Grand Rapids Rampage|
Played in Van Andel Arena
in Grand Rapids, Michigan
|Arena Football League (1998–2009)
|Team colors||Red, black, silver, white|
|Owner(s)||Arena Football League|
|Head coach||Steve Thonn|
|League championships (1)|
|Conference championships (0)|
Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games
|Division championships (1)|
|Playoff appearances (6)|
The Grand Rapids Rampage was an arena football team based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The team began play in 1998 in the Arena Football League as an expansion team. They were last coached by Steve Thonn. Their home arena was the Van Andel Arena.
In 1997, Dan DeVos was granted an expansion AFL franchise for the 1998 season, and was awarded the remains of the dormant Massachusetts Marauders franchise out of bankruptcy court. That team's first incarnation, the Detroit Drive, had been the league's first dynasty; the Drive had advanced to the ArenaBowl in all six years they played in Detroit, winning four times. They moved to Worcester, Massachusetts for the 1994 season before folding. Due to the four-year period of dormancy, the Rampage did not claim the Drive/Marauders' history as their own. Grand Rapids was the smallest market in which the AFL had a franchise at the times of its first/2009 disbanding.
The Rampage played in the Van Andel Arena, which is also the home of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins. They competed in the Central Division of the American Conference.
The Grand Rapids Rampage started play in 1998 under coach Michael Trigg. In 2001, with notable players Clint Dolezel, and Terrill Shaw, the Rampage went on to win their first ArenaBowl. This game was broadcast live on the ABC Network.
The Rampage's official mascot was a Rhinoceros named Blitz.
The Rampage had a rivalry with the Nashville Kats, one which dates back to the original Kats. This rivalry solidified with the Rampage's defeat of Nashville in ArenaBowl XV.
The Rampage also shared a rivalry with the Chicago Rush, known as the Amtrak Classic, after the Amtrak railway system which connects the two cities. On July 6, 2008, the Amtrak Classic added an interesting chapter as the Rampage, losers of their last six meetings with Chicago, defeated their heavily favored opponents on the road. Grand Rapids entered the game as a 6 seed, and upended the #1 seeded Rush 58-41, in a game of controversial penalties and brawls.
On March 5, 2010, it was announced that the Rampage were officially out of business and had no plans to return.
The Rampage's logo was a red rhinoceros. Its end zone is unique as being the only end zone that does not feature a team name or city. It simply says Arena Football in red with a black background.
Main article: List of Grand Rapids Rampage seasons
|Grand Rapids Rampage Hall of Famers|
|No.||Name||Year inducted||Position(s)||Years w/ Rampage|
The following Rampage players were named to All-Arena Teams:
The following Rampage players were named to All-Ironman Teams:
The following Rampage players were named to All-Rookie Teams:
The Grand Rapids Rampage played in the Van Andel Arena, which is located in downtown Grand Rapids.
|Head coach||Tenure||Regular season
|Most recent coaching staff||Notes|
|Michael Trigg||1998–2003||43–41||3–4||AFL Coach of the year (2001).|
ArenaBowl XV winning head coach.
Assistant coach: Will McClay (1998 - 1999)
became head coach
of the Philadelphia Soul (2004).
|Bob Cortese||2004||1–10||0–0||Let go during the season|
|Rick Frazier||2004||0–5||0–0||Replaced Bob Cortese during the season.|
|Sparky McEwen||2005–2007||13–35||0–0||Grand Rapids assistant coach (2001 - 2003).|
|Steve Thonn||2008||6–10||2–1||DC / Director of Player Personnel:|
Line coach: Darrin Kenney
ST Coordinator and FB / LB coach:
Manager of Football Ops. / Assist. coach: