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Laramie
01-04-2021, 06:20 PM
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The Oklahoma Wranglers were a professional arena football team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They were members of the Central (19961997) and Western (19982001) Division of the American Conference of the Arena Football League (AFL). They previously played as the Memphis Pharaohs and Portland Forest Dragons. The team played at the Myriad, now known as the Cox Convention Center, in downtown Oklahoma City.


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Jersey Boss
01-04-2021, 10:10 PM
Correct me if I am wrong but the Wranglers played only 2 seasons, 2000 and 2001 before they folded. The above information was not clear about their time here.

The Yard Dawgz played as an expansion team in the AFL2, a minor league for a minor league. They did eventually get AFL status but by then the Thunder had forced them out of the Ford Center.

Laramie
01-04-2021, 11:25 PM
Correct me if I am wrong but the Wranglers played only 2 seasons, 2000 and 2001 before they folded. The above information was not clear about their time here.

The Yard Dawgz played as an expansion team in the AFL2, a minor league for a minor league. They did eventually get AFL status but by then the Thunder had forced them out of the Ford Center.

Didn't follow the Oklahoma Wranglers that closely; but like you I only remember them being here two seasons.

Here are some links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arena_Football_League_teams

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Oklahoma_Wranglers_seasons

They may be counting and following the team from its initial franchise seasons in Memphis and Portland.

Dob Hooligan
01-06-2021, 06:08 AM
We went to a couple Wranglers games. I thought the AFL was a pretty good league and indoor football was a good sport for it’s time. A couple memories are they had a defensive back who just graduated from OU and was both talented and popular (me not remembering his name is more due to my age ranger than he being forgettable), and the quarterback just heaving these rainbows from end to end of the arena during pre-game warmups. Talk about hang time. Can’t remember his name either, except I think it was an Hispanic surname.

jedicurt
01-06-2021, 08:59 AM
yes the AFL had a market when the NFL was the "No Fun League". and a little known fact about the AFL is that OU's own Tommy Grady ended up like Top 5 in almost all of the Career QB stats over his career.

mugofbeer
01-06-2021, 05:44 PM
I have always thought that a 2nd pro football league where teams concentrated on college football players from nearby colleges would be successful. This way, fans have kind of a built-in allegience. and familiarity.

Bill Robertson
01-06-2021, 05:54 PM
We went to almost every home game. It was definitely a different game but it was fun to watch.

theparkman81
01-06-2021, 07:37 PM
Went to a home game with my cousin, it was awesome to watch, was a fan of Arena Football, wish we could get a team back here, of course the team would be in the IFL.

jedicurt
01-07-2021, 10:44 AM
the problem is that the world and economics have changed. with steaming home services, people don't go to as many events anymore. attendance for even major leagues has seen a slight decline and lots of turn over in Season ticket holders. people just seem to be more okay with staying home, watching a game there and not going out. in this case, without a tv deal no new minor league football group has a chance of success. the XFL proved it could work, it's just that Vince McMahon was loosing so much on Wrestling that he couldn't handle even the relatively small losses on the XFL side, but i would be willing to be you give it 3 years and it would have started to atleast break even. we shall see when Rock "The Dwayne" Johnson brings it back in 2022, now that he is owner

Laramie
01-07-2021, 06:54 PM
https://assessor.oklahomacounty.org/ImageRepository/Document?documentID=547

Here's the attendance figures for the Wranglers' two seasons in 2000-2002: https://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=47


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Memphis: https://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=31


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& Portland: https://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=35 (https://www.arenafan.com/teams/?pag
e=history&team=35)

Notice that once there was a significant attendance drop, the franchise relocated to another market.