BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The city of Birmingham is going after an XFL team, hoping to have football year-round.
This plan comes one week after the XFL had their first official games, reminding many Birminghamians about the loss of the Birmingham Iron. One year ago, the now-defunct Birmingham Iron played its first game in the Alliance of American Football. The league has since been canceled having only one season under its belt.
During the XFL’s first run in 2001, Birmingham was one of the original eight cities to have league teams. At the time, the city’s team was called the Birmingham Bolts, but went defunct after the shuttering of the league’s lone season.
Birmingham City Council President William Parker said he’s working with other city leaders and stakeholders to find out how they can make Birmingham as attractive as possible so the XFL will consider them for an expansion. He believes an XFL team would do well in the Magic City. Especially after fans turned out in huge numbers for the Birmingham Iron.
“I think it demonstrated that Birmingham has a great fanbase,” Parker said. “Birmingham loves football, Birmingham is truly the football capital of the South, so we want to welcome the opportunity to pursue their expansion team here coming to the city of Birmingham.”
As far as where a possible XFL team would play, Parker said he would like to see them at Legion Field starting next January, right after next year’s Super Bowl. Parker said if the XFL were to bring a football team to Birmingham, they would have a month off in between the Birmingham Bowl and the XFL season.
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