The XFL picks St. Louis as one of eight franchises

Vince Mc Mahon speaks about the XFL in 2000. The upstart football league is set to make a comeback.
Ed Bailey  AP File

Commissioner and chief executive Oliver Luck said there also will be franchises in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C., when the league kicks off the weekend of February 8-9. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) The XFL's Seattle franchise will play its games at CenturyLink Field.

The XFL is officially coming to Seattle. The CFL has history, infrastructure, established teams and fan bases, all of which make it attractive to someone who wants to get paid to play football.

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.

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Luck stressed that the XFL will be "football reimagined" with "less stall, more ball".

"The XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules", the league said in a news release.

Luck said they want the XFL to be affordable for families and they are working on lower ticket prices. He then introduced Vince McMahon.

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In October, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck said the league had no plans to resurrect original team names and identities. He mentioned the hundreds of players that get cut from the National Football League and they will be invited to try out for the XFL.

The NFL Cardinals played in St. Louis from 1960 to 1987 before relocating to Arizona.

Losing their National Football League team made St. Louis a prime city to welcome an XFL club. But to the dismay of fans across the region, the Rams moved back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season. 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.

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