XFL Announces New York, Los Angeles, More Inaugural Cities for 2020 Launch

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, Oliver Luck speaks with members of the media at the NCAA Convention in Oxon, Md. Former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck is leaving his high-ranking position at the NCAA to become commissioner of the XFL, the second edition of professional wrestling mogul Vince McMahon's football league. McMahon announced the hire four months after unveiling plans to relaunch the XFL, which folded in 2001 after its only season. The new XFL is scheduled to begin in 2020. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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The XFL held a press conference Wednesday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, to announce the eight cities that will be home to franchises when the league launches play in 2020.  

New York/New Jersey, Dallas, Houston, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. were revealed by commissioner Oliver Luck as locales that will have XFL teams.

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It represents a significant shake-up from the original XFL that ran for one season in 2001, as only New York and L.A. are returning.

Here is a rundown of the venues where the eight teams will play their games in 2020:

  • New York/New Jersey: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Dallas: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas
  • Houston: TDECU Stadium in Houston
  • Los Angeles: StubHub Center in Carson, California
  • St. Louis: The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis
  • Seattle: CenturyLink Field in Seattle
  • Tampa Bay: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa
  • Washington, D.C.: Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, WWE chairman and XFL founder Vince McMahon noted Wednesday that the first XFL games will be played on Feb. 8 and 9, 2020, one week after Super Bowl LIV.

McMahon announced in January that he was reviving the league shortly after interest in the XFL was rekindled due to an ESPN: 30 for 30 documentary on the league in 2017.

While the original XFL was owned half by WWE and half by NBC, the new version is funded entirely by McMahon's Alpha Entertainment company.

When McMahon announced the XFL's revival earlier this year, he made it clear that it would be nothing like the original league aside from having the same name.

According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, McMahon stressed the importance of faster games with fewer stoppages and keeping fans engaged with in-game betting and fantasy.

McMahon also expressed his desire to sign players without criminal records and to eliminate the practice of kneeling during the playing of the national anthem: "People don't want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained. We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time."

In hopes of making the second edition of the XFL more successful than the first one and ensuring strong infrastructure, McMahon decided to put off the first season until 2020.

He also brought in several highly respected figures within the football world, including Luck as commissioner, former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley as senior vice president of football operations and former NFL head coaches John Fox and Jim Caldwell as consultants.

Now that the eight teams are officially in place, the focus will soon shift toward the XFL landing a television deal, as well as building its coaching staffs and rosters in anticipation of the 2020 campaign.