By Anthony Caruso III
The Trenton Steel was established in 2010 as a professional indoor football team located in Trenton, New Jersey. The team played their home games at the Sun National Bank Center.
Initially, the team had planned to be a part of the American Indoor Football Association. The team was announced during an AIFA game between the New Jersey Revolution and the Harrisburg Stampede on June 12, 2010.
This was going to be Trenton’s first attempt at indoor football after the failed experiment with the Trenton Lightning. This Indoor Professional Football League team lasted just six games, which were all loses.
The team folded after their owner was indicted on numerous charges.
Following the 2010 season, the Steel relocated to the Southern Indoor Football League. The entire Eastern Conference moved to the SIFL with the Steel.
Fanteractive LLC was announced as the Steel owners on Nov. 4, 2010. Andrew Bondarowicz was named the team’s president. In addition, Richard Lisk was named the team’s general manager.
Rod Miller was eventually named the team’s head coach. He had a staff that also included Kahlil Carter, Jermaine Lewis, and Rob Stanavitch.
In their debut game on March 26, 2011, the Steel were defeated 76-73 by the Erie Explosion. The franchise’s first win came on April 9 in a 65-62 win over the Explosion in Erie, Pennsylvania.
In addition, their first home win came on April 16 in an 86-42 win over the Carolina Speed.
Their season concluded with an 8-4 record following a 52-22 win over the Harrisburg Stampede. In the playoffs, their season came to an end with a 62-60 loss to the Columbus Lions in the SIFL playoff semifinal.
After the SIFL shut down in Sept. 2011, the Steel were then re-assigned back to the AIFA, which had re-branded as the American Indoor Football. Several months later, the team suspended operations on Dec. 27, 2011.
Their management claimed that high travel costs was one of the reasons why the team was shut down. In addition, they claimed a ‘lack of nearby opponents and a dearth of corporate sponsors led to serious financial losses.’
At the time, the team felt that the team could not operate in 2012. But, at the time, would consider a 2013 return. That never happened.