As the XFL season heads into Week 3, the rumors of expansion may be a bit premature. However, interest from many cities is there.
XFL numbers up
If you are a fan of the XFL and were also watching the original product back in 2001, you know that this time around the league is leaps and bounds better than the original.
In 2001, whispers halfway through the season hinted the league didn’t have the staying power to continue. And as you know, the XFL folded when the 2001 campaign concluded.
This time around is different; you can see it.
Not only is the product on the field better, but the fan interest is also there. The TV ratings have been better than expected, and the crowds are coming out in droves to watch the action.
That said, will the XFL expand this offseason?
Cities enquiring about an XFL team
Only two games have taken place for each team in the newly reformed XFL, and interest from cities and states across the US are already popping up.
Birmingham, Alabama, had one of the eight original XFL teams back in 2001. While they do not have a team at the moment, they have gone on record by saying that they want a team in their city.
Full press coverage indicates that the XFL has already talked about expansion, and just like Birmingham, it seems the city of Philadelphia wants in on the action as well.
Philadelphia has registered for a domain name for the XFL, and could be getting a team as early as next season.
Possible home field locations for the team could be Franklin Field, Citizens Bank Park, or Lincoln Financial Field.
— PHLSportsNation (@PHLSportsNation) February 17, 2020
PHL Sports Nation tweeted out that the city of Philadelphia has registered for a domain name for the XFL, and could be getting a team as early as next season.
The possible home-field locations tossed around include Franklin Field, Citizens Bank Park, and Lincoln Financial Field.
The XFL expansion rumors don’t stop there.
XFL News Hub indicates that Commissioner Oliver Luck said during an interview that he had considered cities like San Diego and possibly one in Ohio before the league’s conception.
If and when the league does branch out, don’t be surprised if the state of Ohio gets a chance at fielding a team.
XNH reports that the TV ratings in the state of Ohio for XFL games have been some of the highest recorded. That shouldn’t surprise too many folks in the region.
Midwesterners love their football — and with Ohio State alum Cardale Jones doing well for the DC Defenders, many Buckeyes have been interested in watching him dominate early on.
Which city could be next to sport an XFL team? The answer could be coming soon.