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Brian Wallace, of Florissant, runs drills during a St. Louis BattleHawks practice at the Rams' former training facility. Jan. 30, 2020
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The region’s new XFL team will play its home opener Sunday in downtown St. Louis at the Dome at America’s Center.

The St. Louis BattleHawks have already split two games on the road, but fans are enthusiastic and ready to see their team take the home field after months of planning.

In 2018, St. Louis was announced as one of the XFL cities, and shortly after, Kurt Hunzeker was named team president. His mission: to sell professional football in a market that two National Football League teams have left. 

No Gimmicks: XFL Rules Focused On Making Football Faster, More Exciting And Safer

Jan 7, 2020
The St. Louis Battlehawks will begin its inaugural season in the XFL on Feburary 8.

Vince McMahon’s Xtreme Football League kicked off for the first time in 2001 with all the gimmicky fun of his World Wrestling Federation.

And it failed after a single season.

The rebooted XFL, which kicks off with new teams in new markets on Feb. 8, will feature an evolution to traditional rules the to bring more excitement and minimal downtime to football without sacrificing player safety, according to a release from St. Louis’ franchise, the BattleHawks.

The St. Louis Battlehawks will begin its inaugural season in the XFL on Feburary 8.

The XFL is a planned professional U.S. football league with the mission of reimagining America’s favorite sport. The league originally debuted in 2001 and only lasted one season. XFL games are set to begin again in February 2020.

The St. Louis BattleHawks were one of the league’s eight teams announced this week.