TDECU Stadium to be home field for Houston's XFL team
TDECU Stadium at the University of Houston will be the home field for Houston’s team in the XFL, the spring football league owned by WWE chairman Vince McMahon that will begin play in 2020, the league announced Wednesday.
Joining Houston among the eight XFL charter cities are teams in Dallas-Fort Worth, playing at Arlington’s Globe Life Stadium, plus Los Angeles (StubHub Center), New York-New Jersey (MetLife Stadium), St. Louis (The Dome at America’s Center), Seattle (CenturyLink Field), Tampa (Raymond James Stadium) and Washington, D.C. (Audi Field).
Houston will be in the XFL's Western Division with Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Seattle. New York, Tampa, St. Louis and Washington will comprise the Eastern Division. Teams will play a 10-game regular season, followed by two semifinals and a championship game.
Janis Burke, executive director of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority, represented Houston at the XFL's news conference at MetLife Stadium and offered thanks to the league on behalf of the city, county and UH.
"We thank you for having confidence in us," she said.
Burke also noted that the news conference occurred as the memorial service in Washington, D.C., unfolded for President George H.W. Bush.
"He was a huge sports fan. We will miss him dearly," Burke said. "But I can't help but think he's looking down from heaven and he's pleased to hear this news."