With the XFL returning in February 2020, it was announced that the league will be comprised of eight host cities. One of those cities is Houston, Texas. The other cities are Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; St. Louis, Missouri; New York; Seattle, Washington; Tampa Bay, Florida & Washington D.C. The new Houston XFL Franchise will be playing their games at TDECU Stadium. The TDECU Stadium is located on the University Of Houston Campus.
The city of Houston, with a population of approximately 2.3 Million people, is the fourth largest city in the US, trailing only to New York, Los Angeles & Chicago. The population of the greater Houston metro area is approximately 5 Million people. It is located near the Texas Gulf Coast and is two hours from the Texas/Louisiana border.
The “Bayou City” nickname comes from the four bayous that run through the city. The official nickname is “Space City” since it is home to NASA’s Space Center.
Houston is one of the ten busiest sea ports in the world. The Houston area is well known for its energy (oil) and aeronautics industries and is home to the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.
Houston was founded by John Kirby Allen & Augustus Chapman Allen, two New York real estate promoters. The land was purchased in 1836 and its first town was named after Sam Houston. The city was the capital of The Republic Of Texas until early 1839 when the capital moved to Austin.
The City Of Houston & The Houston Metro Area has a rich sporting culture and area residents are active in many spectator sports.
Houston is home to the following sports franchises:
The Houston Astros (MLB)
The Houston Texans (NFL)
The Houston Rockets (NBA)
The Houston Dynamo (MLS)
The Houston Dash (NWSL)
The Houston SaberCats (MLR)
Houston does not have an NHL Team.
Houston previously hosted several alternative Professional Football Teams, including the Texans of the WFL (not relared to the current NFL team), Gamblers Of The United States Football League & The Thunderbears Of The Arena Football League. The city has a long association with XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck. He played for The Houston Oilers in The NFL and previously served as President Of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, where he won 2 Championships. Houston was reportedly one of the first cities the league visited in September 2018 in regard to a potential XFL Team.
Due to the history the City Of Houston has with XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck and the Professional Football Industry, one can only expect great things from this city. The experience XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck has with this city can only add to the potential and strength this city will bring once the XFL returns in February 2020.