Just one day after the NHL announced the city of Seattle has been awarded an expansion franchise, the Emerald City received more exciting news.
The XFL is coming to CenturyLink Field.
XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck announced that Seattle was selected as one of eight franchises in the new professional football league. Seattle joins New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Washington D.C., and St. Louis as the league's inaugural cities.
IT’S OFFICIAL! The #XFL is coming to Seattle and we could not be more excited to kick off our inaugural season at @CenturyLink_Fld in 2020. Make your season ticket deposit today: https://t.co/VTCQIQtRly⁰#XFL2020 🔜 🏈 pic.twitter.com/5FEJ3T9TYF— XFL Seattle (@XFLSeattle) December 5, 2018
The XFL lasted one year in 2001 until its rebirth Wednesday. Vince McMahon, former CEO of WWE, founded the XFL during its initial run.
McMahon shared news of the XFL’s revival earlier this year, making it clear the revamped league would share no similarities to the 2001 league other than a name.
The second edition of the XFL will feature a 40-man roster with athletes who are focused on “good football” rather than politics, and players with no criminal records. The league will also give athletes an opportunity to keep their talents in the U.S. rather than head to the CFL.
Why is the XFL intriguing for fans in Seattle? Not only will football fanatics be able to keep watching their favorite sport beyond the NFL season, the XFL will likely provide fans with a more affordable alternative for family entertainment.
Games will begin the weekend of Feb 8, 2020.