National Professional Soccer League (1990-2001)
Born: October 1989 – NPSL expansion franchise.
Folded: Postseason 2001
- 1990-1996: Cobo Arena
- 1996-1999: Joe Louis Arena
- 1999-2000: The Palace of Auburn Hills
- 2000-2001: Compuware Arena
- 1990-1993: ?
- 1993-1999: Mike Ilitch & Marian Ilitch
- 1999-????: Robert VanHellemont, Gary Miller & David Woodrow
The Detroit Rockers were an indoor soccer team that earned a modest following in the Motor City during the 1990’s. The Rockers won the championship of the National Professional Soccer League during their second season in the winter of 1991-92. But for most part the Rockers were also-rans, failing to make the playoffs during their final six seasons of existence.
From 1993 until 1999 the Rockers were owned by Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner Mike Ilitch and his wife Marian. During this same period, Detroit had a competing indoor team, the Detroit Neon, owned by Pistons owner William Davidson. But by the late 1990’s, heavy hitter investors like Ilitch and Davidson soured on indoor soccer. The Neon folded in 1997 and Ilitch sold off the Rockers in 1999.
In a cost-cutting move, the team moved to a small suburban arena in suburban Plymouth Township in 2000. The Rockers folded quietly the following year.
==Detroit Rockers Programs on Fun While It Lasted==
|1993-94||3/26/1994||@ Buffalo Blizzard||L 12-8||Program|
|1995-96||12/17/1995||vs. St. Louis Ambush||W 22-13||Program|
|2000-01||1/19/2001||vs. Baltimore Blast||W 14-10||Program|
1999-00 Detroit Rockers promotional video.