The XFL has officially named the cities and stadiums that the league will play in for the 2020 season. During a live broadcast via Twitter Commissioner Oliver Luck made the official announcement.
XFL Cities and Stadiums: Official Announcement https://t.co/DLE6cq9rfp
— XFL (@xfl2020) December 5, 2018
Many fans of the XFL knew ahead of time what cities the teams would play when the website inadvertently revealed these details. The information has been removed, but some people got the locations, and it spread through social media like wildfire.
Fans seemed excited in the chat feature, but other fans were left wondering why seven of the eight teams were in NFL cities? Or even more, why not in good WWE markets that had a strong football connection as well.
When I was trying to predict cities the #XFL would try to establish itself in, I immediately thought of cities that are a good football market and strong WWE fan presence. There’s not a single team in the Midwest. How in the hell did that happen??
No Chicago. No Milwaukee… pic.twitter.com/mE3R5HddzK
— The F.A.N. Show🎙 (@FANShowOfficial) December 1, 2018
The XFL is not a competitor to the NFL, rather a supplement to it. It does have some competition if you want to call it that. The Alliance of American Football league, or AAF, is beginning in February of 2019. These two leagues combined can create a year-long football experience for the consumer by essentially canceling the offseason. Any way you cut it, that is great for the fans!
XFL Cities and Stadiums
Tampa Bay /Raymond James Stadium
Dallas /Globe Life Park in Arlington
Houston /TDECU Stadium
St. Louis /The Dome at America’s Center
Seattle /Centurylink Field
Washington D.C. /Audi Field
New York /Metlife Stadium
Los Angeles /Stubhub Center
Other key talking points about the league
- Player health and wellness
- Enhanced scouting
- Game speed and flow
- Competitive salaries
- Fan engagement
- Legal ethical gambling
Ambush Sports will provide additional details on these talking points in a future article. Commissioner Luck specified the first quarter of 2019 as the key time to sign coaches and impact players for the teams.