Several months ago, rumors started to circulate that the Houston Roughnecks would play at Rice Stadium in 2024. After a long wait, that included the merging of the USFL and XFL, the newly formed UFL has finally made it official: Rice Stadium is the team’s home for 2024.
The United Football League today announced that the Houston Roughnecks will play the 2024 UFL season at iconic Rice Stadium, on the campus of Rice University.
On top of that, TDECU was a carryover from the XFL’s 2020 season. It was one of the more expensive venues in spring football, so the league is seemingly now able to cut some costs with this move to Rice.
Rice has had spring football played on its field before. It was the home to The Spring League’s South Division in 2021, and ultimately held the Mega Bowl between the Jousters and Linemen.
The Houston Roughnecks will have a new home, and interestingly enough, it’ll be the first time that this team “played” in their home city. As we all know by now, the Houston Gamblers have morphed into the Roughnecks, who played in the USFL’s hubs the last two years.
Now, HC Curtis Johnson, Mark Thompson, and the rest of the Roughnecks team finally have their new home secured, in Rice Stadium.
This is great news for the UFL as a whole, for more than one reason. Not only are all eight venues now officially set – but it also means that the schedule should be on its way soon. There was a lengthy delay due to the holdup in Houston, so one would expect things to move along smoother now.
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