XFL announces eight teams, cities and stadiums for its return in 2020

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(Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports) The XFL's St. Louis franchise will play its games at The Dome at America's Center.

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"You can not have chosen a community that is more football-centric, with Tampa Bay being a proven victor in hosting major sporting events and sports franchises", Hillsborough County commissioner Ken Hagan said at a news conference in East Rutherford, N.J.

The other host cities include New York (MetLife Stadium), Dallas (Globe Life Park), Houston (TDECU Stadium), Los Angeles (StubHub Center), Seattle (Century Link Field), Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium), and Washington D.C. (Audi Field). We pledge to bring St. Louis a team deserving of a passionate and football-starved fan base.

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"The XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules", the league said in a news release. It opened with the Governor of New Jersey, who introduced Vince McMahon.

"We believe launching in February 2020 gives us the time to get the game, the fan experience and the partnerships right, and we believe we are well on our way", Luck said. It will also cater to families looking for affordable ticket options. It was revived this year by Vince McMahon and plans to start again in Spring 2020. But to the dismay of fans across the region, the Rams moved back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

On the heels of Tuesday's NHL expansion announcement, Seattle was announced as one of the eight inaugural cities to begin play when the new XFL football league kicks off in 2020. The AAF also has eight teams and a 10-week schedule but has targeted mid-size markets.

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