Houston Roughnecks line up against the Los Angeles Wildcats for a kickoff in a general view during an XFL football game on February 8, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)
TDECU Stadium at the University of Houston will be the host of the inaugural XFL Championship game on April 26, the league and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority announced.
The announcement was made by XFL CEO and Commissioner OliverLuck, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority Executive Director JanisBurke and Harris County Judge LinaHildago. Houston previously hosted the league’s training camp for all of its teams.
“We’re tremendously excited to have been selected as the site for the XFL’s championship game,” said Hidalgo. “This league has animated football fans from across our region, and we look forward to continuing to showcase Harris County as one of the greatest sports towns in America. We want to thank the league for choosing Houston and we look forward to welcoming football fans from across the nation to what is sure to be a memorable championship game.”
XFL teams will play a 10-game season with the top two teams in each division meeting in the semifinals before the championship. Houston is with Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle in the West Division while the East Division has Washington, D.C., New York, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.
“Houston is a great all-around sports town with top-notch facilities, an amazing community of football fans and a solid infrastructure,” said Luck. “We are grateful to the city and the Sports Authority for opening its doors once again to the XFL and we look forward to welcoming fans from across Texas, as well as the entire country, to join us in celebrating this special moment in XFL history.”
The opening weekend of games averaged over 17,000 in four sites, including Houston. The championship game will be broadcast on ESPN at the home of the Houston Roughnecks with tickets going on sale in March. TDECU Stadium opened in 2014 and has a capacity of more than 40,000,.
“It’s fitting that the XFL’s first season will start and end in football-loving Houston and we’re honored to play a pivotal role in the launch of this new league,” Burke said. “Houston is known for hosting major sporting events and the XFL Championship will only strengthen our reputation. We’re thrilled to give football fans in this city the opportunity to experience the excitement of XFL football on the league’s biggest stage.”
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