Houston to host all 8 XFL preseason training camps

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019, file photo, XFL Football Commissioner Oliver Luck talks to reporters before introducing former NFL football quarterback Jim Zorn as the head coach for Seattle's XFL football team, in Seattle. Oliver Luck’s first year as the XFL’s commissioner has mostly been confined to the office and getting the league’s framework set up. The next couple months though are what Luck refers to as the fun part of preparing for next year’s return. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

The XFL is bringing the fun back to football and the rebooted league is bringing all eight of its teams to Houston to start off the inaugural season.

The XFL along with the Houston Sports Authority announced this week that all eight of its teams will hold their preseason training camps in the Houston area from Jan. 4-22 The teams will all start their training camps in their respective cities in December before moving to Houston as a centralized location.

The XFL, which played one season in 2001 under pro wrestling front man Vince McMahon, will kick off its season on Feb. 8, a week after the NFL’s Super Bowl.

“Everyone at the XFL is grateful to each of the area college and high school athletic directors who have helped make this a reality,” Commissioner Oliver Luck said. “We are excited to welcome our teams to Houston and benefit from these world-class facilities as we prepare for kickoff on February 8, 2020.”

Houston has a team in the upstart league, the Roughnecks and they will play their home games this upcoming season at UH’s TDECU Stadium.

Here is a look at where all eight training camps will take place.

  • Houston Roughnecks – TDECU Stadium
  • Dallas Renegades – Tully Stadium
  • DC Defenders – Rice Stadium
  • Los Angeles Wildcats – Durley Stadium
  • New York Guardians – Husky Stadium
  • St. Louis Battlehawks – Thorne Stadium
  • Seattle Dragons – Delmar Stadium
  • Tampa Bay Vipers – Turner Stadium

“Houston is a sports town,” Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said in a released statement. “We have great fans and we support our teams.

“The XFL made the right call when it chose the city as the home of the Roughnecks, and now, I am even more excited that all eight XFL teams and nearly 1,000 representatives will come to the Houston area for their training camps in January 2020. I’m confident this will generate a great deal of fan excitement and interest in the new football league.”