TAMPA (FOX 13) - Tampa has been announced as one of the eight host cities for the newly-reimagined XFL.
"Our goal was to establish a spirit of true partnership and build an organization and a year-round presence that makes these cities proud," said league commissioner Oliver Luck.
League officials promise the new XFL will be less gimmicky and controversial than its predecessor from 2001, which only lasted a season. They are calling it “football reimagined." The new XFL wants to create an atmosphere similar to that of minor league baseball games: Fast-paced, family friendly, and an overall fan-centric experience.
"We're truly excited to have the XFL here in 2020. I think it’s a testament to the Tampa Bay area and our ability to put on great events and host franchises," said Bobby Silvest with the Tampa Sports Authority.
Team names, uniforms, and personnel won’t be announced until next year.
This will be at least the fourth pro football franchise in Tampa, including the short-lived Bandits of the USFL and the now-defunct Tampa Bay Storm.
So will this new XFL succeed?
“There's one thing about Tampa: We love sports here and we love our sports teams, so yes, I am optimistic,” said Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn.
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