Which Professional/Semi-Professional Team Is The Best In Ark-La-Tex History? [POLL]
Believe it or not, the ArkLaTex has been home to countless professional and semi-professional sports teams throughout the years.
Of course, everyone knows the Mudbugs, but did you know they are the only professional hockey team in Shreveport's history? Of course, who could forget the Battle Wings, but did you know we've also been home to four other professional football teams, including one that was women only named the Shockers?
When it comes to sports, Shreveport-Bossier is rich with history. Below are some of the most notable teams in our city's history. You can vote on your favorite team from the Ark-La-Tex at the top of this page.
From 1997 to 2001, the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs were members of the Western Professional Hockey League, until a 2001 merger between the WPHL with the Central Hockey League. From 2001 to 2011, the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs played in the Central Hockey League. From 1997 until 2000, they were known as the Shreveport Mudbugs, changing the name to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs after the team relocated from the Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport to the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City. The 'Bugs won the Ray Miron President's Cup in 2011, but would cease operations two weeks later citing low attendance and financial issues. In October of 2015, it was announced that a new Mudbugs team would return for the 2016–17 season to the newly renovated Hirsch Coliseum. To see their upcoming schedule, click HERE.
The original Shreveport Captains were a professional minor-league baseball team affiliated with the California Angels (1971–72), Milwaukee Brewers (1973–74), Pittsburgh Pirates (1975–78) and San Francisco Giants (1979–2000). They played home games at Fair Grounds Field and are arguably the most popular baseball team in Shreveport's history.
The Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings were an Arena Football League team based in Bossier City, Louisiana. They played at the CenturyTel Center. Playing in the defunct af2 from their inception in 2001 until the league's folding in 2009, the team had its best seasons in 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2009 having clinched division titles in the latter two years. Following the 2010 season, the team moved to New Orleans, Louisiana for the 2011 AFL season and became a successor to the New Orleans VooDoo.
The Shreveport Steamer, also known as the Steamers. were a professional American football team in the World Football League. The franchise began the 1974 season in Houston, Texas, as the Houston Texans, who are in no way related to the current NFL team of the same name, playing their home games at the Houston Astrodome. Toward the end of the season the team relocated to Shreveport, Louisiana, and became the Shreveport Steamer. They played at the 30,000-seat State Fair Stadium, now named Independence Stadium. Larry King, of CNN fame, was one of their broadcasters.
The Shreveport Pirates were a Canadian Football League team, playing at Independence Stadium in 1994 and 1995. They were one of the least successful of the CFL's American franchises on and off the field. Shreveport averaged more than 26 points per game in 1995, but gave up better than 28 en route to a 5–13 record. Billy Joe Tolliver completed 252 of 429 passes for 3,440 yards and 14 touchdowns.