|Founded ||2000 |
|League||IFL 2000 |
|Team History||Sioux Falls Cobras 2000|
|Sioux Falls Storm 2001-present|
|Based in||Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
|Arena||Sioux Falls Arena (2001-2014)|
|Denny Sanford PREMIER Center |
|Colors||Navy, Red, White|
|Head Coach||Kurtiss Riggs|
|League Championships||(10) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Conference Championships||(13) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|Division Championships ||(6) 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011|
|Playoff Appearances ||(16) 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
Sioux Falls Storm HistoryThe Storm joined the original Indoor Football League as an expansion team in 1999 as the Sioux Falls Cobras and first took the field for the 2000 season. They currently participate in the United Conference of the Indoor Football League (IFL); prior to that, the Storm was in the United Indoor Football (UIF), where they won all four of the league's championship games.
The Storm played at the Sioux Falls Arena, also known as the Storm Shelter, from its beginning through the 2014 season before moving to the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center starting with the 2015 IFL season.
Before helping to create the UIF in 2005, the Storm was a member of the NIFL. The Storm hosted the 2004 NIFL championship game against the Lexington Horsemen in the Storm Shelter in front of a sellout crowd. The Horsemen won this championship game, but the Storm, a year later, defeated the Horsemen in the second round of the 2005 UIF playoffs in Lexington.
The Sioux Falls Storm was a charter member of the UIF and was the first ever UIF Champions with a win over the Sioux City Bandits, 40-38 in Sioux City during the 2005 season. Sioux Falls won its second consecutive UIF championship at home defeating Lexington 7264 on July 29, 2006. Quarterback Terrance Bryant was named United Bowl MVP after throwing eight touchdowns in the match.
On August 4, 2007, the Storm defeated Lexington once more for the second United Bowl in a row, 62-59. With 19 seconds left in the game, Storm quarterback Terrance Bryant threw a touchdown pass. With three seconds left in the game, the Horsemen gained 15 yards for a chance to kick a field goal and tie the game, but Horsemen kick specialist, Collin Barber, missed on his attempt.
On March 29, 2008, the Storm lost to the Omaha Beef, 3418, ending their historic 40-game winning streak and giving the club their first loss since July 15, 2005. The Storm went on to win their fourth United Bowl later that season against the Bloomington Extreme.
On April 25, 2009, after switching to the Indoor Football League, the Storm were found in violation of the IFL's rule of not complying with regulations related to workers compensation coverage. The League ruled that the club would forfeit its first five wins of the 2009 season which resulted in a 6-8 win-loss season, the first such losing season in team history. The other three losses all came to the Billings Outlaws. In 2010, the Storm rebounded to reach the IFL United Bowl before losing 43-34 to the Outlaws.
After a tornado struck the Billings' Rimrock Auto Arena on June 20, 2010, which caused major structural damage to the facility, the Outlaws franchise folded, and their star quarterback Chris Dixon signed with the Storm. Led by Dixon, Sioux Falls scored an astounding 1,022 points during the 2011 regular season, averaging more than 70 points in the first ten games that year, The Storm opened the schedule with a 105-71 win over the Kent Predators in Kent, Washington. Only twice did the Storm fall short of 50 points and both were against the Omaha Beef (who handed the Storm their only loss - 41-37 - in the regular season finale after Sioux Falls had started the schedule going unbeaten in the first 13 games). The two teams met in the IFL playoff opener with the Storm rolling up a 52-39 victory. The Storm then defeated Green Bay 52-12 to return to the United Bowl title game. Although they tied for their lowest scoring game of the season, Sioux Falls rolled over the Tri-Cities Fever by a score of 37-10 to earn the league championship after a two-year hiatus and also claim its first IFL title.
Chris Dixon and the Storm dominated again in 2012, this time with a perfect 14-0 record while accumulating 941 scoring points during the regular season. On April 14, 2012, the Storm knocked off the Allen Wranglers, then featuring former NFL standout receiver Terrell Owens, by a score of 52-45 on the road in Texas. Dixon threw his 500th career touchdown pass, when he hit James Terry with a 42-yard pass during the May 19, 2012 game against Green Bay. Sioux Falls rolled through the playoffs - defeating the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks 79-21 during the playoff opener, Green Bay in the semi-final and Tri-Cities Fever in the United Bowl Championship game (59-32).
When it was learned that Chris Dixon would sign with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League in 2013, Storm legend Terrance Bryant decided to return back to the playing field to play quarterback. He led the team to a 10-4 record in the regular season, The Storm, again, prevailed during the playoffs and defeated the Nebraska Danger by a close 43-40 score for the United Bowl Championship. Bryant would retire for the second time on January 6, 2014, and it was announced that Chris Dixon would return back to Sioux Falls for the 2014 campaign, citing his desire to graduate from a local college and be close to his family. Dixon did not disappoint in his return, leading the Storm to their eighth title in 2014.
In 2015, the Storm's first season at the Denny Sanford Premier Center was very successful, completing another undefeated season at 16-0 overall, and was capped off with winning their ninth league championship by a score of 62-27 over the Danger.
In 2016, the Storm continued their dominance. But lost their first game since the 2014 season as they lost at the Cedar Rapids Titans, 60-57. But despite that setback, they capped off another successful season with a win over the newly-minted Spokane Empire, 55-34, to capture their tenth championship overall and their sixth IFL Championship and sixth in a row.
The Sioux Falls Storm returned to the championship game in 2017, but lost for the first time since the 2010 season to the Arizona Rattlers.