XFL Football: St. Louis BattleHawks ready to take flight
With just over one month away until the XFL gets going, I figured I’d check in to see what’s going on with the St. Louis franchise.
Director of Team Communication and Media Relation Brian Still recently sat down with me to talk about the upcoming season along with head coach Anthony Becht.
One thing that not just BattleHawks fans, but all XFL fans have been wanting to know is what took so long with releasing the schedule for the season? Stull shed some light on the situation.
“I think the league was just continuing to work on putting the schedule together,” he said. “It’s important to remember that we don’t own any of our venues, so we had to work with the venues. Las Vegas was the last to be announced, so that final piece of the puzzle was put together.”
Stull said that ticket sales in St. Louis are among the strongest in the league.
“Fan support continues to be phenomenal,” he said. “I am absolutely stoked about the BattleHawks fans.”
One question that has been asked by fans is if the upper deck will be opened up?
Stull said it’s a very realistic goal.
“Coach (Becht) has put it out there from the beginning with #Fillthetop,” he said. “We think the fans want to show that this is something that they can do.”
Before Covid hit, the dome had opened up the top level for a future game and ticket sales were quite strong, so it’s quite possible the upper level of the dome could be open for contest this season.
Speaking of the second attempt by the XFL, I asked Stull what the biggest difference is that he sees in the league in this third attempt.
“I think the biggest difference is that the players are training in Arlington and coming into the markets for the games,” Stull said. “So it’s different in terms of day-to-day activity. There’s a lot of similarity though. The passion is still there.”
One of the biggest differences is that the league has partnered with the NFL this go around.
“There’s some similarities, but there are some positive differences too,” Stull said.
While several former players made appearances before and during games in 2020, Stull said with the number of former Rams who are coaching, that is something that could occur again.
“Our Vice President of Business and Event Operations is a former Ram. Our head coach is a former Ram. Our wide receivers coach is a former Ram. Our defensive line coach and offensive coordinator is a former Ram,” Stull said. “I only say that because they have a lot of friends that they are still in contact with live in St. Louis or have expressed interest in coming in. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of familiar faces at games throughout the season because it’s one big fraternity and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The BattleHawks will open the home portion of their schedule on March 12 with a 3 p.m contest against the Arlington Renegades. This means St. Louis will play it’s first three games on the road. Tickets are still available for single games and prices start at just $25.
- Sunday, Feb. 19 @ San Antonio Brahmas (ABC) 2 p.m. CT
- Thursday, Feb. 23 @ Seattle Sea Dragons (FX)8 p.m. CT
- Sunday, March 5 @ D.C. Defenders (FX) Noon CT
- Sunday, March 12 vs. Arlington Renegades (ESPN2) 3 p.m. CT
- Saturday, March 18 vs. D.C. Defenders (FX) 6 p.m. CT
- Saturday, March 25 @ Vegas Vipers (FX) 6 p.m. CT
- Saturday, April 1 @ Houston Roughnecks (ESPN2) 2 p.m. CT
- Saturday, April 8 vs. Vegas Vipers (ESPN) Noon CT
- Sunday, April 16 vs. Seattle Sea Dragons (ESPN) 2 p.m. CT
- Saturday, April 22 vs. Orlando Guardians (ESPN) 11 a.m. CT