Tampa Bay XFL team
|Team history||XFL Tampa Bay|
|Based in||Tampa, Florida|
|Stadium||Raymond James Stadium|
|Owner||Alpha Entertainment, LLC|
|Head coach||Marc Trestman|
The XFL Tampa Bay is a professional American football team based in Tampa, Florida. The team is an owned-and-operated member of the XFL (2020) begun by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment. The team will play its home games at Raymond James Stadium, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.
Tampa Bay joins Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. as the league's inaugural cities. Teams will have 40-man active rosters and play a 10-week season. Vince McMahon said "the game will feature simplified rules for a faster pace of game that should complete in under three hours", and will draw from former college and NFL players.
The Central Florida corridor has been a popular location for alternative professional football since the 1960s. Two teams in particular had success in Tampa Bay: the Tampa Bay Storm were one of the Arena Football League's most successful and longest-lived franchises, surviving in the city from 1991 until it suspended operations after the 2017 season. The Tampa Bay Bandits were one of the biggest successes in the United States Football League in the 1980s. In addition, the Florida Tuskers of the UFL played one of their games in nearby St. Petersburg.
The original XFL had placed one of its teams, the Orlando Rage, 80 miles up Interstate 4 in Orlando, where that city had openly embraced the league and had some of its best attendance (buoyed in part by Orlando also having the best regular-season record). The Alliance of American Football placed a team of their own, the Orlando Apollos, in Orlando before the current XFL announced its teams, thus preventing the XFL from returning to that city.
The only other major professional sports team playing in February and March in Tampa is the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, but the XFL team will also face indirect competition from Major League Baseball's spring training, which occupies numerous towns in Florida in those months.
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