Nearly two decades after its short-lived debut, the XFL has returned—and to LA, specifically.
After being first announced in January, the controversial professional league, which originated as a joint venture between WWE and NBC, is set for a 2020 reboot, complete with eight league-owned franchises. While some of the details of what will separate the XFL from the NFL are still vague, the seasons should not be in direct competition with each other as the XFL is being rumored as a summer league.
This should, however, pose a very real annoyance to the LA Galaxy, which also call Stub Hub home that time of year. Fans have already begun to grumble at their soccer venue turning more and more toward gridiron.
It is worth noting that even the time of year is not officially confirmed yet.
The XFL originally made its mark with sensational storylines and drama-drama-drama as the players were encouraged to date the cheerleaders, criminals were actively courted to play, and the line between ‘professional’ wrestling and ‘professional’ football was only slightly blurred. Vince McMahon’s experiment lasted just one season through its first run back in 2001.
But the new XFL, which still has two years to prepare for competition with the NFL and the newly formed Alliance of American Football (among other leagues), took another step toward reality on Wednesday with the reveal of its eight teams and stadiums.
Here’s a rundown of which cities will be hosting games when the XFL kicks off again:
- City: Dallas
Stadium: Globe Life Park in Arlington (Arlington, Texas)
- City: Houston
Stadium: TDECU Stadium (Houston, Texas)
- City: Los Angeles
Stadium: StubHub Center (Carson, California)
- City: New York
Stadium: MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey)
- City: Seattle
Stadium: CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Washington)
- City: St. Louis
Stadium: The Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, Missouri)
- City: Tampa
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
- City: Washington, D.C.
Stadium: Audi Field (Washington, D.C.)
StubHub is not the only NFL home on the list, but it is worth noting that long-rumored San Diego was not one of the final candidates. Football fans closer toward the border should have every expectation of another up-and-coming league filling that void shortly.
Finally, it is also worth noting that season tickets are officially available for reservation at Stub Hub. It’s too early to know prices, but for $50 you can reserve your season ticket rights.
Season Ticket Benefits:
- Seat selection in advance of general public
- Access to special events
- Confirmed same seat location for all 2020 home games
- First priority for playoff ticket purchases
So, there you have it! If you are a fan of a team that hasn’t lost a single game in over 17 years, this is a great time to grab a seat!
-Jason “Are Battlebots Allowed?” Michaels