The Erie Explosion is a professional indoor football team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Explosion are currently a member of the North Division of the Continental Indoor Football League. The Explosion began play in 2007 as the expansion Pittsburgh RiverRats in the American Indoor Football Association before becoming the Erie RiverRats until 2010, when they became known as the Erie Storm. In 2011 the team joined the Southern Indoor Football League and, because of copyright issues, became known as the "Explosion". In 2012, they joined the United Indoor Football League after the SIFL broke up; the Explosion played one season in the UIFL. The Explosion are owned by Bill Stafford. The Explosion play their home games at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pennsylvania.