XFL Officially Announces Franchise Cities & Venues

Vince Mc Mahon speaks about the XFL in 2000. The upstart football league is set to make a comeback

The XFL held a press conference today in New Jersey, announcing the host cities and venues for the re-launch of the XFL.

"Football fans in the Emerald City have long had a reputation of being loud - really loud - and it's that energy and enthusiasm that convinced us that an XFL team will thrive in the Pacific Northwest at CenturyLink Field", XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said Wednesday morning. Ticket prices will be "significantly lower" than other US professional sports leagues, he added. The league will begin play on February 8, 2020, the weekend after that year's Super Bowl.

The other host cities include New York (MetLife Stadium), Dallas (Globe Life Park), Houston (TDECU Stadium), Los Angeles (StubHub Center), Seattle (Century Link Field), Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium), and Washington D.C. (Audi Field). Luck says they want to listen to fans and say they already have great ideas from them. Luck said they want more in-game rhythm and flow, and he also spoke about safety precautions. The XFL is now testing out elements of its format with junior college football teams to solidify a final on-field product.

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He said in the coming months players will be signed, and team names will be announced. The XFL will begin play in 2020. Players will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs.

Luck said the XFL will air on multiple platforms, with details on media partners to come in the near future.

The original XFL, which promised a brand of football somehow even more violent than the NFL, lasted just one season in 2001 and cost both WWE and NBC millions of dollars.

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