Arena Football League (2004-2008)
Born: September 25, 2003 – The Buffalo Destroyers relocate to Columbus, OH.
Died: August 2009 – The Arena Football League ceases operations.
Arena: Nationwide Arena (17,078)
The Columbus Destroyers were a popular attraction in college football-mad Columbus despite the fact that this Arena Football League squad was routinely terrible. The team never posted a winning record in five seasons. But in 2007, the Destroyers squeaked into the playoffs with a 7-9 mark and then went on an unlikely run. They went on the road to beat the 15-1 Dallas Desperadoes in the quarterfinals and then knocked off the 14-2 Georgia Force in the semis to reach Arena Bowl XXI in New Orleans.
NFL wide receiver and former Ohio State star Joey Galloway owned a small piece of the Destroyers. Co-owner John McConnell also controlled the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. McConnell died at age 84 in April 2008 midway through the Destroyers’ final season.
==Columbus Destroyers Programs on Fun While It Lasted==
|2005||4/16/2005||@ New Orleans Voodoo||L 64-28||Program|
|2005||5/15/2005||@ Philadelphia Soul||W 55-52||Program|
|2007||7/29/2007||San Jose Sabercats||L 55-33||Program|
|2008||6/21/2008||@ Cleveland Gladiators||L 47-35||Program|
Destroyers owner John McConnell died of cancer in April 2008. He was 84. USA Today obituary.