"You can not have chosen a community that is more football-centric, with Tampa Bay being a proven victor in hosting major sporting events and sports franchises", Hillsborough County commissioner Ken Hagan said at a news conference in East Rutherford, N.J. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon stated that he would spend $100 million on the league but that nothing close to what he will end up spending.
Though it came into being with a lot of fanfare, the XFL quickly folded after poor television ratings. "We pledge to bring St. Louis a team deserving of a passionate and football-starved fan base".
"We believe that St. Louisans will take to this new brand of reimagined football as much as they have taken to well, every WWE event that's ever been held in St. Louis", said Kitty Ratcliffe, president of Explore St. Louis, during the news conference.
XFL Officially Announces Franchise Cities & Venues
In the spring, the only football TDECU usually sees is the Red & White spring training game, but professional football will grace its fields in 2020. It opened with the Governor of New Jersey, who introduced Vince McMahon.
Globe Life Park, home of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers. Luck says they want to listen to fans and say they already have great ideas from them. Seattle will be part of the revamped league, with a team playing at CenturyLink Field.
The official XFL website will also host the press conference when it goes live, and will likely have more information on the league and the teams once they are announced. The league will start 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. According to a release, the league will prioritize "fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules".
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