“This was not an easy decision, but after deep consideration, evaluation and introspection, we have elected to reallocate the resources dedicated to arena football for other uses within our organization, including the growth of Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties,” said president Steve Griggs.
Tampa Bay Storm player Lawrence Samuels celebrates a score in the fourth quarter against the Orlando Predators, March 2003. Times files Tampa Bay Storm's Grant Gregory is tackled by the Cleveland Gladiators's Demarcus Robinson in the fourth quarter of the Tampa Bay Storm's home opener at the St. Petersburg Times Forum. Times files Tampa Bay Storm Arena football Head Coach and General Manager Tim Marcum on the side lines during a game against the Albany Firebirds, June 1998. Times files Tampa Bay Storm fan Paul Pennington, of Tampa flexes his muscles after San Jose SaberCat quarterback Mark Grieb was sacked in the first quarter in May, 2003. Times files Tampa Bay Storm players argue with the referee after they thought there should be a penalty for pass interfence during a game with the Orlando Predators, from September,1995. Times files Orlando Predator defensive safety, Chris Barber, recovers one of several fumbles by the Tampa Bay Storm team during a game at the Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida,May, 1997. Times files Just after making the reception down field, Tampa Bay's Jason Dulick smashes into a fans drink while being tackled against the wall by Arizona's Carlos Brooks during Arena Football at the Ice Palace,June 1999. DIRK SHADD | Times Tampa Bay Storm head coach Tim Marcum looks out onto the field during the second quarter of the Tampa Bay Storm vs. San Jose SaberCats game, May 2003. Times files The floor of the Ice Palace has been converted to accommodate the Tampa Bay Storm arena football, from May 1997. Times files Tampa Bay Storm wide receiver Lawrence Samuels gets up close and personal with the fans after being shoved into the wall by New York Dragons defensive back Corey Johnson. Times files Tampa Bay Storm wide receiver Joe Hills goes over the barrier into the stands after scoring a touchdown during an arena football game between the Tampa Bay Storm and the Jacksonville Sharks at the Tampa Bay Times Forum from May, 2014. Times files Storm WR/LB Gary Compton, holds up the trophy after the Tampa Bay Storm won Arenabowl XVII at the St. Petersburg Times Forum. Times files Tampa Bay Storm QB Nick Hill gets sacked by Philadelphia Soul LB Dusty Bear, DL Justin Warren and DL T.J. Langley during a game with the Philadelphia Soul. Times files