Tampa Bay Awarded XFL Franchise
Tampa is one of eight cities to win a franchise. The league will launch in February 2020.
TAMPA – Tampa is one of eight cities to win an XFL franchise.
The announcement was made today (Dec. 4) by XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck at a press conference held at MetLife Stadium. Representatives from all eight markets were at the event.
“After months of research and consideration, we’re thrilled to announce the cities and venues of the XFL’s eight inaugural teams,” said Luck. “We are committed to being ingrained in the local community and extremely fortunate that our teams will have world-class facilities to call home.”
The eight cities and venues its teams will call home when the league launches in February 2020:
Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium
Dallas – Globe Life Park
Houston – TDECU Stadium
Los Angeles – StubHub Center
New York – MetLife Stadium
St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center
Seattle – CenturyLink Field
Washington, DC – Audi Field
Beginning today, fans can go to XFL.com to reserve their season tickets, which will provide them with early access to select their seats and purchase season tickets before the general public.
The new XFL will deliver a fan-centric, innovative experience, including fast-paced games and a family-friendly environment, complemented by cross-platform viewing options and real-time fan engagement.
Football is America’s favorite sport boasting more than 85 million fans but the traditional season is just too short. Seeing a tremendous opportunity to fill the void, Vince McMahon, XFL founder and chair announced Jan. 25, the launch of a new league, which he is personally funding. McMahon is building the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse.
Delivering authentic, high energy football for the whole family at an affordable price, the XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules. The league will launch with eight teams, 45-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today’s athletes.
The XFL will embrace the latest on and off-field technology, providing live game coverage, content and real-time engagement across multiple platforms, giving fans greater access than ever before. The organization said it will build strong grassroots relationships with local organizations in our host cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE’s many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities.
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