XFL chooses 8 host cities for its relaunched league, which will begin in 2023.

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XFL chooses 8 host cities for its relaunched league, which will begin in 2023.
The eight markets where teams will play when the league debuts in the spring of 2023 were presented by the XFL on Sunday.

With the debut of the revived league just months away, Dany Garcia and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson made the announcement at an XFL town hall in Arlington, Texas.

The host cities were announced as Arlington, Houston, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington. Arlington will be coached by Bob Stoops, Houston by Wade Phillips, Orlando by Terrell Buckley, Las Vegas by Rod Woodson, San Antonio by Hines Ward, Seattle by Jim Haslett, St. Louis by Anthony Becht, and Washington by Reggie Barlow.

We have a clear vision for the XFL, including the values we want to impart, the diversity of our leaders, the creativity of the game, and how we want to engage deeply with our communities to enable them to contribute to the realization of this vision. As we formally reveal the locations of our clubs' games today, our league moves one step closer to 2023's opening day "Garcia stated in a press statement. "A league comes to life thanks to the fervent support of its fans. We will build these teams from the ground up in each of these places in collaboration with our supporters to ensure that they accurately reflect the distinctive character of the local neighborhoods. We invite all football supporters to join us as we prepare for the start of the season in February."


The first thing Dany, Gerry Cardinale, and I identified as being one of the most crucial factors for the XFL to be successful was choosing the iconic cities and venues for our teams, Johnson continued.


We needed to make sure we were considering the most significant voices in the room, the fans, when making these decisions in order for each community to join in the rally cries of their chosen team and to support and lift up these players and their families who would be representing each city—THEIR city. We've been working on hip, fresh logos and cutting-edge uniforms that go along with our league's inventive and dynamic concept. When supporters finally get to meet their new "hometown team," we can't wait to participate in their tremendous joy. You can expect us at kickoff."

On Wednesday, July 20, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia were present at The ESPYS, which was live on ABC.
On Wednesday, July 20, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia were present at The ESPYS, which was live on ABC. (Getty Images via ABC)

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RedBird Capital Partners founder and managing partner Gerry Cardinale promised to elevate the XFL to the status of "No. 1 Spring League in the world."

The XFL will begin play on February 18, 2023, and will probably run concurrently with the United States Football League, which will also be back in 2023. The names of the teams will be revealed later.


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