The Stadiums the XFL Teams Will Use in 2020

By Jennifer Hassan in XFL
| February 5, 2020 11:00 am PST

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 XFL teams 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 football arena.

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 season.

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 Galaxy.

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 West.

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 football weather.

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 XFL games.

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 championship.

From the Pacific Northwest to the center of DC, eight lucky cities get to be on the forefront of this new league.

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