The eight stadia that will host franchises in the new XFL American football competition have been announced ahead of its launch in 2020.

Eight cities have been selected as franchise destinations: New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C.

The New York team will play at MetLife Stadium, with the Dallas and Houston franchises to be based at Globe Life Park and TDECU Stadium, respectively.

Los Angeles’ team will play at StubHub Center, the St. Louis franchise will play at The Dome, and the Seattle outfit will call CenturyLink Field home. The Tampa Bay team will play at Raymond James Stadium, while the Washington, D.C. franchise will be based at Audi Field.

The new competition has promised a fast-paced, affordable and family-friendly product, with the league scheduled to start its inaugural season in February 2020.

“Combined these markets comprise nearly a quarter of the nation’s population,” XFL commissioner and chief executive Oliver Luck said, according to the Reuters news agency.

“The quality of football is our number one priority and we are doing everything possible to get that right. The XFL is being built for fans and built to last.”

Luck added that fans are already able to place deposits on season tickets, despite the teams not having had their names confirmed or signed any players or coaching staff.

Of the eight franchise locations, St. Louis is the only one that does not have an NFL team. The XFL would take place in the summer during the NFL’s off-season.

XFL initially launched in 2001 but only ran for one season before folding. Vince McMahon, chairman and chief executive of the WWE wrestling organisation, is the XFL’s founder and chairman.

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