ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Wednesday, the XFL announced St. Louis will officially be getting another professional sports team.
The league, which positions itself as an alternative to the NFL, announced St. Louis is one of eight cities to get a team when play begins in 2020.
"The XFL symbolizes the opportunity of football re imagined and will return the game to a passionate fan base left behind. We are incredibly fortunate set to play at the Dome at America's Center and can't wait to deliver football to fans in St. Louis," said XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck.
On their website, the XFL says of St. Louis:
"The gateway to the west, St. Louis represents opportunity, promise, and a legacy of great football. We are proud to restore The River City’s rightful place among pro football cities and we will not stop there. We pledge to bring St. Louis a team deserving of a passionate and football-starved fan base. In 2020, St. Louis will once again have its day in the world of professional football."
The XFL is a professional football league led by Vince McMahon, founder of the WWE. He tried to start the league in 2001 and put on one season before shuttering the endeavor. This time, the league is billed as a more fan-friendly product than the existing professional league.
McMahon said the league will have no cheerleaders, no National Anthem protests and no players with an arrest record. Each team will have a 45-man active roster.
Despite a furious effort to stave off a depressing bout of deja vu, residents in St. Louis will watch their football franchise walk out the door for a second time.
The eight teams, which reside in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Seattle, Washington D.C., Tampa Bay, and St. Louis, will play 10 games. There will also be a four-team playoff.
St. Louis is the only city to be chosen that does not have a current NFL team.
Fans can reserve season tickets at The Dome for the 2020 season with a $50 deposit on the XFL website.
Team names have not been announced, but apparel for the city's team are available for sale.