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The XFL on Sunday unveiled the eight markets through which groups will probably be taking part in as soon as the league kicks off beginning within the spring of 2023.
Dany Garcia and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made the announcement at an XFL townhall in Arlington, Texas with the beginning of the rebooted league simply months away.
Arlington, Houston, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington have been named the host websites. Bob Stoops will coach Arlington, Wade Phillips will coach Houston, Terrell Buckley will coach Orlando, Rod Woodson will coach Las Vegas, Hines Ward will coach San Antonio, Jim Haslett will coach Seattle, Anthony Becht will coach St. Louis and Reggie Barlow will coach Washington.
“We’ve had a transparent imaginative and prescient for the XFL – the values to instill, the range of our leaders, the innovation of the sport and the way we wish to deeply interact with our communities to allow them to assist carry this imaginative and prescient to life. Immediately, our league takes one other step nearer to 2023 kickoff as we formally announce the place our groups will play,” Garcia mentioned in a information launch. “What brings a league to life is the eagerness of the fandom behind it. In every of those cities we’ll co-create with our followers and construct these groups from the bottom up in order that they symbolize the distinctive material of our communities. We welcome all soccer followers to affix us as we prepare for kickoff in February.”
Johnson added: “As Dany, Gerry Cardinale and I put pen to paper rebuilding this league, the very first thing we recognized as some of the essential parts for the XFL to achieve success was choosing the long-lasting cities and venues for our groups. “For every neighborhood to affix within the rally cries of their chosen group, to assist and elevate up these gamers and their households who could be representing every metropolis…THEIR metropolis…we wanted to verify we have been together with crucial voices within the room – the followers – when making these choices. We now have been engaged on cool, new logos and modern uniforms, that match the dynamic and modern imaginative and prescient of our league. We are able to’t wait to share within the electrifying pleasure from followers as soon as they meet their new ‘hometown group’. We’ll see you at kickoff.”
Gerry Cardinale, the founder and managing companion at RedBird Capital Companions, vowed to make the XFL the “No. 1 Spring League on the planet.”
The XFL will kick off Feb. 18, 2023 and can possible overlap with the United States Football League, which is ready to return in 2023 as nicely. Group names will probably be introduced at a later date.
The XFL was offered to Garcia, Johnson and Cardinale after the 2020 model was pressured to shut up store due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 model featured groups in Arlington, Houston, Carson, California, Seattle, Washington, East Rutherford, N.J., St. Louis and Tampa.