War on I-4

War on I-4

War On I-4 is the nickname for the rivalry between the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League. The teams have met at least twice and up to four times a season since 1991, and both have consistently been at the top of the league standings.

Currently the games are played either at the Predators' home, Amway Arena (previously known as "TD Waterhouse Centre" and "Orlando Arena", and referred to as "The Jungle" during Predators games); or the Storm's home, St. Pete Times Forum (previously known as the "Ice Palace"). Games hosted by the Storm before the 1997 season were held at what is now Tropicana Field, but was known as "Florida Suncoast Dome" before 1994 and "Thunderdome" thereafter.

The overall record in both regular and postseason has Orlando on top with a 22–19 record. The sides have met five times in the AFL playoffs, with Orlando holding a 3–2 lead, and twice in the ArenaBowl, with each team winning once.

In the 2005 season, the Predators won the first game in Orlando by a score of 61–46 on February 11, but Tampa Bay took the second meeting 54–42 in the St. Pete Times Forum on April 9.

In 2006, Orlando won the first meeting in overtime on February 19, with the score of 67–64. The second game of the year was held on April 22, Orlando won with a score of 52–13. It marked the first time since 2001 that one of the teams swept the other during regular season play. It also marked the first time that Orlando's home game outsold Tampa's home game in the series. The first matchup that year had 14,692 in the St. Pete Times Forum, while the second held 15,920 for game two at "The Jungle".

The games between the teams are notable for featuring some of the highest attendances in AFL history. The ArenaBowl IX title match of September 1, 1995 drew an Arena Bowl record crowd of 25,087 to Thunderdome to see the Storm defeat the Preds' by 48–35. Both teams are known to organize bus trips for supporters down the I-4 (hence the War on I-4) to the other city to see their squad play.

The series also has the top overall attendance record in league history when Orlando defeated Tampa 46–45 in front of 28,745 at the Florida Suncoast Dome in week 6 of the 1993 AFL season.

Game by game (1991-2001)

{| class="wikitable"
-! Season! Date! Home Team! Score! Away Team! Venue! Comp.! Atten.! Record (ORL-TB)
-
1991
June 1
Tampa Bay Storm
38–51
Orlando Predators
Florida Suncoast Dome
Week 1
10354
1–0
-
1991
July 27
Orlando Predators
16–26
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
Week 9
13680
1–1
-
1992
May 29
Orlando Predators
32–39
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
Week 1
11312
1–2
-
1992
July 2
Tampa Bay Storm
33–48
Orlando Predators
Florida Suncoast Dome
Week 6
20091
2–2
-
1992
August 15
Orlando Predators
24–21 (OT)
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
AFL Semifinal
13680
3–2
-
1993
May 21
Orlando Predators
46–34
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
Week 2
13680
4–2
-
1993
June 19
Tampa Bay Storm
45–46
Orlando Predators
Florida Suncoast Dome
Week 6
28745
5–2
-
1993
August 14
Orlando Predators
52–55
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
AFL Semifinal
13680
5–3
-
1994
July 1
Orlando Predators
61–40
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
Week 7
14015
6–3
-
1994
August 13
Tampa Bay Storm
40–39
Orlando Predators
ThunderDome
Week 13
20819
6–4
-
1995
July 14
Orlando Predators
34–51
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
Week 10
15638
6–5
-
1995
July 29
Tampa Bay Storm
44–20
Orlando Predators
ThunderDome
Week 12
24055
6–6
-
1995
September 1
Tampa Bay Storm
48–35
Orlando Predators
ThunderDome
ArenaBowl IX
25087
6–7
-
1996
May 18
Tampa Bay Storm
63–42
Orlando Predators
ThunderDome
Week 4
16444
6–8
-
1996
July 19
Orlando Predators
40–39
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
Week 13
16236
7–8
-
1997
May 17
Tampa Bay Storm
17–43
Orlando Predators
Ice Palace
Week 3
14179
8–8
-
1997
June 27
Orlando Predators
54–30
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
Week 9
16529
9–8
-
1998
June 12
Orlando Predators
34–42
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
Week 7
15948
9–9
-
1998
June 27
Tampa Bay Storm
56–30
Orlando Predators
Ice Palace
Week 9
14125
9–10
-
1998
August 23
Tampa Bay Storm
31–62
Orlando Predators
Ice Palace
ArenaBowl XII
17222
10–10
-
1999
June 12
Orlando Predators
37–63
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Arena
Week 8
15101
10–11
-
1999
July 11
Tampa Bay Storm
47–28
Orlando Predators
Ice Palace
Week 12
11777
10–12
-
1999
August 7
Tampa Bay Storm
19–41
Orlando Predators
Ice Palace
AFL Round 1
10706
11–12
-
2000
May 12
Orlando Predators
44–43
Tampa Bay Storm
TD Waterhouse Centre
Week 5
13342
12–12
-
2000
July 1
Tampa Bay Storm
50–36
Orlando Predators
Ice Palace
Week 12
14047
12–13
-
2000
August 3
Orlando Predators
34–24
Tampa Bay Storm
TD Waterhouse Centre
AFL Quarterfinal
13122
13–13
-
2001
June 10
Orlando Predators
57–45
Tampa Bay Storm
TD Waterhouse Centre
Week 9
13691
14–13
-
2001
July 1
Tampa Bay Storm
38–46
Orlando Predators
Ice Palace
Week 12
17634
15–13
-

Winner in bold.


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