The XFL is planning a reboot for early 2020, and Tampa Bay is going to be part of it, the professional football league announced Wednesday.
The Tampa Bay team, which does not yet have a name, will play its home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The league will kick off the weekend of February 8, the first weekend after the NFL's Super Bowl. Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle and Washington also will field teams.
"You couldn't have chosen a community that is more football-centric, with Tampa Bay being a proven winner in hosting major sporting events and sports franchises," Hillsborough County commissioner Ken Hagan said at a news conference in East Rutherford, N.J.
"Football has a long, rich history at Raymond James Stadium."
The stadium, the home of the NFL's Buccaneers since 1998, has hosted numerous college football bowl games as well as the Super Bowl in 2001 and 2009. It will host the Super Bowl again in 2021.
"The popularity and interest in the sport of football is at an all-time high in our country," Bucs Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford said in a statement. "As passionate advocates for our great game, we support the growth of organized football in whatever form it takes. We have worked closely with the Tampa Sports Authority on the extensive renovations that have elevated Raymond James Stadium to one of our nation's premier sports and entertainment venues and we congratulate them on their success in securing another tenant."
Hillsborough County owns the stadium, but the Tampa Sports Authority is the entity that manages it.
This is the second go-round for the XFL, which is backed by World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahon. It folded after one season in 2001.
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