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The inaugural game was played before 14,831 fans and a national television audience into the BJCC Arena on March 31, 2000.Birmingham's first win came one week later at the BJCC, as the Steeldogs shut down the Greensboro Prowlers 18-7 in one of the lowest scoring games in the history of Arena Football.The first Steeldogs ownership group, consisting of Charles Felix, David Berkman and Bruce Burge, also owned the Birmingham Bulls hockey franchise.

After a contest, the team became the "Steeldogs", paying homage to the steel industry that helped grow the city into an industrial giant during the early 20th century.The team's logo, depicting a dog with a spiked collar and metal lower jaw, represents "Rusty", the team's mascot.The team's cheerleaders were known as the "Showsteelers." On April 20, 1999, Birmingham's franchise was one of the charter teams in the Xtreme Football League, which soon brokered a deal with the more-established Arena Football League to form the latter's second tier.The couple also purchased the AF2's Jacksonville Tomcats in the same year, but he decided that Birmingham would be his more "hands-on" investment.Humphrey was retained as the team's head coach for a second season.

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