On March 9, 2012, the Arena Football League was kicking off its 25th anniversary of play. The first game of the season was to be played against the Orlando Predators and Pittsburgh Power.
There was just one problem. Players from both teams went on strike after the teams were “fired” over a league-wide labor dispute. To play the game, replacement players were needed. This would be the first game in league history played in this manner.
After a scoreless first quarter, the two teams combined for 28 second quarter points. The score was tied at 14 at halftime.
Leading 26-20 in the fourth quarter, the Power put the game away with a 25 yard scoring play. They would go on to win by a final score of 40-26.
The league is now entering their 30th season of play. Five teams will compete for the right to be crowned 2017 AFL champions. There won’t be any need for replacement needs, either.