The Arizona Rattlers beat the Philadelphia Soul, 48-39, in an exciting ArenaBowl XXVI in Orlando on Saturday afternoon. It was the Rattlers’ second straight AFL title.
We’re not sure how many people stayed inside on a nice summer Saturday to watch the ArenaBowl XXVI telecast live on CBS, but, as you can see in the photo above taken by Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, the Amway Center wasn’t exactly filled to capacity. Philly.com reported the venue as “half-full,” which would mean half-empty to some people.
New Arena Football League expansion team owners Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS were at ArenaBowl XXVI. Guess what the name of their new Los Angeles-based team will be?
Pro wrestler Kevin “Diesel” Nash was there, too.
For whatever it’s worth, Arena Football has stuck around for 26 years and produced several NFL players. We’re just not sure that hosting the title game at a neutral city in the middle of the summer is the best way to get fans to pay attention to the sport.