Its been a big week for the USFL in the leadup to season 2. First, it was revealed that the Pittsburgh Maulers would be updating their colors heading into 2023.
Then, the league hosted two back-to-back press conferences to announce their expansion to the north. Wednesday was first up, with Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium serving as home to the Pittsburgh Maulers and New Jersey Generals.
The following day an event was held at Ford Field where they were officially named the final hub and home to the Michigan Panthers and Philadelphia Stars.
Word on the street is that the schedule should be coming in the near future, and with these announcements we’re starting to see how it’s going to take shape early in the season.
Let’s rewind a couple months when the USFL confirmed they would be returning to Birmingham and Protective Stadium.
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Included with this news was also a kickoff date. More important to the topic, it states that “the 2022 Champion Stallions will kickoff their title defense on Saturday April 15th, 2023”.
It wasn’t much longer after this came out that the USFL really shook things up by relocating the Tampa Bay Bandits to Memphis under the old Showboats moniker. Along with the location, it also mentioned that the team would be playing at home during the opening weekend.
The Showboats social media account states that kickoff in Memphis will also host games opening weekend. Keep in mind, each hub is home to two USFL franchises.
Now, let’s fast-foward to present day with the latest hub announcements from earlier this week.
When it was revealed that Tom Benson Hall of Fam Stadium would serve as one of the northern USFL hubs, the press release stated that the “Pittsburgh Maulers & New Jersey Generals to kick off first game April 23 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium”.
The following day at Ford Field it was…
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