The USFL & XFL are now officially the United Football League (UFL). Since the news broke, many fans have wondered if the combined league would play in their home cities, or adopt a hub-model. With the news fresh, we decided to jump into it and break down the eight UFL stadiums that will be utlized in 2024.
The Arlington Renegades are returning to Choctaw Stadium for their third season. The facility is a retro-fitted baseball stadium, which used to be home to the Texas Rangers. Arlington also has a large nightlife section called Texas Live, which is basically right next door to Choctaw Stadium that caters to gameday fans. The city is also serving as a central hub for the UFL in 2024, housing all players between gamedays.
The Renegades go into the new UFL as reigning XFL champions; coupled with the fact that Texans love football, the atmosphere is almost guarunteed to be exciting.
Protective Stadium is one of the new facilities on the list and has played a big part in the success of spring football. The location served as the central hub for the USFL in 2022, hosting all eight teams for their inaugural season. Naturally, after back-to-back USFL championships, the Birmingham Stallions are retuning to Protective Stadium in the UFL. The stadium holds approximately 50,000 people, and the fans are known to be one of the most supportive in spring football.
The stadium is also located right in the heart of downtown Birmingham, AL. There’s plenty of parking, food, drinks and entertainment within walking distance. If you’re looking to pre-game before kickoff, Birmingham has more than enoughh to offer.
Located right in Washington DC and within view of the Capitol and other DC landmarks. It is also home stadium for DC United of MLS. It is one of the newwer facilities in the UFL, opening in 2018 and holding 20,000 people. This place also has a rooftop patio for event goers, along with a 10,000 sq. ft. indoor lounge and Fan Plaza. This is the smallest UFL facility but might be one of the most fun if sold out and cheering a good game.
Audi Field has notoriously been one of the rowdier venues in the XFL, being home of the beer snake and the lemons. You can expect that Defenders fans will be ready to pack the house after an appearance in the 2023 XFL Championship.
Although Rice Stadium has not been officially confirmed, everything seems to this being the home of the Roughnecks in 2024. The team is moving from TDECU Stadium, which is where they played in 2020 and 2023. The moves comes due to scheduling conflicts with renovations to TDECU. Rice Stadium does have a history with spring football, serving as the southern hub for The Spring League in 2021. In fact, the stadium even hosted the lone TSL Mega Bowl championship game.
Rice Stadium has also home to the Rice Owls since the 1950’s. Cappacity sits around 47,000, which is much larger than TDECU. The Roughnecks have always been a solid team in spring football, so we expect the Rig to get rowdy this season.
Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium was the first new hub to be announced in the leadup to USFL season 2. The news came after it was revealed that the Tampa Bay Bandits were being repackaged to the Memphis Showboats. The rebrand came about because the league had the opportunity to move into a new host city.
This wasn’t the first time that Liberty Stadium has hosted the USFL, the stadium was home to the original Showboats back in the 80’s. The stadium is also the site of the annual Liberty Bowl, the annual Southern Heritage Classic and is home of the Memphis Tigers.
The Michigan Panthers return to Ford Field after an inaugural campaign in 2023. Ford Field also serves as the only NFL facility on the list. That being said, it is far from the highest capacity. The Panthers share the stadium with the Detroit Lions, which has led to some concessions on field paint. If you ask me, that’s a small price to pay to call Ford Field your home. The franchise did well in attendance last year, but with a playoff appearance under their belt we could see the team expand upon that in 2024.
The fans in Detorit are hungry for a winning football team. If the Panthers can win, there’s no reason for fans not to pack the house. Did I mention, the fans get loud. It helps that Ford Field is a dome to keep all that noise in the buildiong.
Speaking of domes, the St. Louis Battlehawks call The Dome at America’s Center home. This is hands down the loudest stadium in the UFL. Ever since the St. Louis Battlehawks were revealed, the local market has embraced the team. It helps that St. Louis is one of the few cities that doesn’t share an NFL team.
The Dome held the attendance record in the XFL, and we anticipate that will continue in the UFL. The Battlehawks narrowly missed the XFL playoffs in 2023, and we expect that the city is going to do their best to fill the dome in 2024.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the Alamodome is no exception. This facility serves home to the San Antonio Brahmas and is also the largest stadium in the UFL. Last season, attendance wasn’t consistent. This could be partially to blame on their record. When the UFL announced teams, it was also revealed that Wade Phillips and co would be moving from Houston to manage the Brahmas. The changes in coaching staff could be just what is needed to get the Brahmas on the winning end. If so, Texans will come to support the team.
The Alamodome was also home to the San Antonio Commanders of the AAF in 2019. Even without a full capaicty crowd, it’s easy to get the Alamodome rocking. Similar to Ford Field, the dome will hold in the crowd noise, making this one of the more fun stadiums on the list.
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