The XFL is the newest American football league, and excitement is high as
teams in eight US cities are poised to begin a new chapter in football.
The XFL season will follow right on the heels of the NFL postseason,
capitalizing on the excitement and momentum of the Super Bowl to fill stadium
seats with fans who can’t stomach the end of the football season.
From Seattle to St. Louis and throughout cities in the southern sun belt from
Los Angeles to Tampa Bay, stadiums are gearing up for a spring football season.
But which stadiums will the
use during the 2020 season?
The good news for the XFL is that, since their season won’t conflict with the
NFL season, these XFL teams can enjoy stadiums that are already custom-made for
football (some will require minor re-fitting), and they won’t have to fund any
new stadium out of league coffers.
It’s a win-win for stadium owners, who can enjoy a bigger turnout during more
of the annual sports calendar. With the NFL season ending on the first Sunday in
February, and with Major League Baseball starting at the end of March, the XFL
will have a few months to make its mark as the new go-to spring sporting event.
Dallas Renegades – Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas
With a revamped stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Renegades’ home field sits
near Mark Holtz Lake, AT&T Stadium, and Six Flags Over Texas. Formerly home to
the Texas Rangers, the field has been converted from a baseball complex to a
There’s new turf, the goalposts are up, and the team will play a season
opener on February 9th, 2020, against the St. Louis BattleHawks.
Globe Life Park, which has seen Billy Joel and Paul McCartney perform, has a
seating capacity of around 50,000 and more than 100 luxury suites.
Arlington temperatures in February and March range from the fifties to the
high seventies and should encourage locals to come out to Globe Life and see a
game in person. This season also avoids the worst of the famous local humidity,
another plus, and one that the Cowboys do not get to benefit from in their fall
No state is portrayed as being more pro-football than Texas, and this should
help the Renegades gain some popularity in the community. Whether or not they
can hold the interest is up to the players, their coach, and the playbook. Show
Dallas some hell-for-leather football, and they will reward you with attendance.
NY Guardians – MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
This stadium is already home to the Giants and the Jets, and now it’s home to
the Guardians, too. Because the XFL season begins after the NFL postseason
concludes and goes until mid-April, there shouldn’t be any scheduling conflicts
between the NFL and XFL games.
MetLife Stadium has seating for upwards of 80,000 fans and hosted the Super
Bowl in 2014. It’s a grand, imposing stadium—and one of the largest stadiums in
the NFL—and the Guardians are likely to love the field.
However, a huge stadium can be a sad, lonely place when it’s sparsely
populated, so let’s hope New York and Jersey fans come out in full force for the
new XFL team. Filling 80,000 seats can be tough on a young team, and an empty
stadium won’t boost confidence levels.
DC Defenders – Audi Field in Washington, DC
This stadium in our nation’s capital only seats 20,000 and has been used
primarily for Major League Soccer matches. Now DC United is going to have to
share its playing field with the Defenders.
There is some concern that football use will compromise soccer-worthy turf,
but the field was so expensive to build that investors reportedly need to get
more use out of it than just the two dozen soccer games in the MLS season.
The location is cherry, right at the confluence of the Potomac and the
Anacostia rivers. Nationals Park is just a few big blocks down the road.
Houston Roughnecks – TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas
On the University of Houston campus, this stadium has easy access from
highways 45, 69, and N. MacGregor Way. The capacity is around 40,000. (Have you
noticed that the sizes of XFL stadiums vary widely?)
The awkward name comes from the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union, in case you
were wondering. There’s an indoor, temperature-controlled practice area. This
practice facility reportedly offers a full-size, artificial turf field.
LA Wildcats – Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California
Carson is a Los Angeles suburb between Torrance and Compton. The Sports Park
is on the CSU, Dominguez Hills campus. The Sports Park has tennis facilities, a
velodrome, track and field areas, and a soccer stadium that is home to the LA
It is this soccer stadium that will share its space with the Wildcats. The
seating capacity is 27,000. The LA Chargers have used the stadium for the past
few years as they wait for SoFi Stadium to finish construction.
The Sports Park is between the 91 and the 405, making it (relatively) easy to
get to on game day, notwithstanding standard Los Angeles traffic issues.
St. Louis BattleHawks – The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri
This is a sports-crazy town. Cardinals supporters put the “fan” in fanatics.
The town is also home to the NHL team the St. Louis Blues.
However, the town has long bemoaned the lack of a professional football team.
Let’s see what kind of reception the BattleHawks get from the Gateway to the
The Dome at America’s Center, a venue right at the edge of the Mississippi
River, is in the heart of downtown, just a few blocks from the Cardinals’ Busch
Stadium. This venue seats upwards of 67,000 fans for football games. It boasts
AstroTurf GameDay 3D grass and is an enclosed stadium.
Seattle Dragons – CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington
CenturyLink Field stands near the ferry terminal for boats heading to the
charming and welcoming Bainbridge Island. Close to the water, this stadium
boasts a prime location in this gorgeous city.
The stadium has a capacity of around 69,000 fans and is made of artificial
turf. It’s already the Seahawks’ home field and also serves as home turf for the
MLS team the Seattle Sounders. Fun fact: the stadium has held the Guinness World
Record for loudest crowd.
Because of the acoustics, the field is reported to give the Seattle Seahawks
a home field advantage by encouraging false starts by the visiting team, thus
garnering them penalties that benefit the Seahawks. Will this happen with the
Dragons, as well? We’ll see.
The stadium has a horseshoe shape with Seattle views, and about
three-quarters of the seats are covered by a type of clamshell roof that leaves
the field open to the weather.
Tampa Bay Vipers – Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
Raymond James is the home field for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NCAA team
the South Florida Bulls, and has hosted a couple of Super Bowls. It’s also
slated to hold another Super Bowl in 2021, which means the Vipers have a tip-top
facility in which to play.
This stadium holds about 65,000 visitors, but during the 2017 college
football playoffs, the stadium reportedly held more than 74,000 (very squashed)
fans. Not sure what the fire marshal thought of that attendance statistic.
Tampa Bay is known for supporting its local athletes, so we can anticipate
some solid attendance numbers as the XFL gets underway. Also, the XFL season is
early spring, a time in which Tampa Bay boasts a temperature range of around
60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. The first half of the season should boast some ideal
This field uses real grass, which may prevent injury that is often associated
with artificial turf. This can help keep the Vipers’ first-string players on the
field. Important, if you
plan on betting on
Summing Things Up
Whether in 20,000 capacity stadiums or 80,000 seaters, in indoor stadiums and
on open-to-the-sky fields, the XFL stadiums across America are gearing up for an
explosive first season of battles, triumphs, and the march toward the
From the Pacific Northwest to the center of DC, eight lucky cities get to be
on the forefront of this new league.