August 2, 2013
The Alabama Steeldogs were one of the charter teams in the Arena Football League 2. This Birmingham-based club didn’t make it, and they shut down prior to the 2008 season. Some wonder why this team couldn’t make it. After all, Alabama is crazy about football, and Birmingham doesn’t have many more sports options. With the growth in this area, it would seem as if the Steeldogs were in a perfect position to take advantage of football fans needing a winter fix. The short answer is that the team was losing money. The more complicated answer is that arena football (more…)
June 17, 2013
Though they’re gone, the Alabama Steeldogs were one of the most important football forces ever to serve time in Birmingham. The Steeldogs provided people with entertainment, and perhaps more importantly, they filled the gap in football season when college and pro ball was in hibernation for the winter. In football crazy Alabama, people just can’t go too long without football, and though the Steeldogs were not Alabama or Auburn, they did provide a bit of that football fix for people who just can’t get enough. As a fan, you can still show your support for the Steeldogs, as (more…)
April 21, 2013
The Alabama Steeldogs were an Arena Football League team that played in Birmingham from 2000 to 2007. Because football is such an popular sport in Alabama, most people assumed that the Steeldogs would be around forever and give the town another great football team to follow. Unfortunately, they may have been one team too many. After seasons of lackluster attendance and playing in an older stadium, the Steeldogs played their final game in the 2007 season. Although they didn’t live up to expectations, there are a few players who deserve to be remembered.
Erick Harris was easily the most talented athlete who was (more…)
June 16, 2012
Some people remember the Alabama Steeldogs as the Birmingham Steeldogs. Either way the team is now defunct. The team was originally created as a part of the Arena Football League. Although they survived for a few years it became increasingly difficult, financially, to survive.
The Steeldogs were incorporated in the year 2000. The team was one of the charter teams in the af2. The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex Arena, located in the downtown area, was the site of the first af2 game held in 2000. The Steeldogs hosted the Tennessee Valley Vipers. The two teams played in front of 14,831 fans. (more…)
September 22, 2011
The Alabama Steeldogs a team originally known as the Birmingham Steeldogs, were incorporated as a development team for the Arena Football League. The team lasted a few seasons in the realm of Arena Football. However towards the end they started to struggle mightily. The problem with this particular team went beyond the field. The management of the team eventually struggled to keep the team going so in 2007 the team owner mentioned that for the 2008 season they would not have a (more…)
September 9, 2011
When the Steeldogs were first introduced to Birmingham residents there was much excitement. Surely investors assumed that this was a great sign, and since Alabama residents love football, what could possibly go wrong? Apparently, several things.
While Birmingham residents indeed to love football, their love of the sport is not spread out evenly. College football is an obsession in this city, and the time devoted to following the Crimson Tide, Auburn, and UAB leaves very little (more…)
August 26, 2011
As a mascot “Rusty” truly represented the organization and the city of Birmingham. For those who don’t remember Rusty it was a dog, dressed as a football player, with a metallic jaw. The metallic jaw was a nice touch because the steel on Rusty’s jaw represented the steel industry in the city of Birmingham. Whenever a mascot incorporates its home city identity it adds to the appeal of the mascot and the ties the team has to its city.
Although in the logo Rusty looks very menacing the mascot that was seen on the field was a very (more…)
July 22, 2011
We know you miss your Steel Dogs…we do too. But the good news is it’s almost football season again and we’re not just talking about the arena kind! Teams are gearing up for the best season yet and with the NFL still in talks over a lockout college may be all we’ve got. Here are a few of the teams we think Steel Dog fans should be rooting for and watching on their Direct star tv.
Auburn: Who doesn’t love Auburn? The slight underdog in Alabama this team has heart and (more…)
May 1, 2011
It is always so painful when a major sports team can’t survive in a city. With the Alabama Steeldogs now a defunct Arena Football Team the city of Birmingham needs to consider whether or not a comeback should be in the works. There are a couple of things that need to be considered if a comeback is even possible. The two major things are what is the cost and are there fans to support the team.
There are times in any league when a team struggles financially. If the city can recognize the potential for income by having a (more…)
April 16, 2011
When the Arena Football League kicked off earlier this month for the first time in three years, the Alabama Steeldogs were not part of the equation. In fact, since their folded from AF2 in 2007, there hasn’t even been talk of the Steeldogs making their way back in Arena Football play. The questions is: why didn’t the Steeldogs succeed as an Arena Football team. The answer, as always, is complicated, but to put it simple: money. In 2007, after a couple of years of trying to find a new majority owner, (more…)