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XFL return scores well on TV and at the gate

XFL return scores well on TV and at the gate

Nearly 70,000 turn out across four games as opener draws 4m peak audience.

  • Posted: February 10 2020
  • By: Sam Carp

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The XFL’s opening weekend recorded encouraging attendance and television figures as the spring football league returned to action for the first time since 2001.

Close to 70,000 spectators bought tickets for the opening four games, which clocked an average attendance of 17,454.

The biggest attendance came on 8th February at the 40,000-capacity TDECU Stadium, where 17,815 fans watched the Houston Roughnecks win 37-17 against the Los Angeles Wildcats. The opening game of the season, which took place on the same day at Audi Field, saw 17,163 spectators watch the DC Defenders beat the Seattle Dragons 31-19.

Meanwhile, on 9th February, a crowd of 17,634 saw the New York Guardians run out 23-3 winners against the Tampa Bay Vipers at MetLife Stadium. The weekend’s final fixture between the St Louis BattleHawks and the Dallas Renegades drew 17,206 fans to Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The league’s strong start came after Action Network’s Darren Rovell reported that, ahead of kick-off, the XFL had already surpassed the number of tickets sold for the entire season of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football (AAF) league, which suspended operations last April just eight games into its inaugural campaign.

The XFL will also be buoyed by the TV ratings from its opening weekend, with the first game on commercial broadcaster ABC between the Defenders and the Dragons drawing an average audience of 3.3 million viewers and a peak audience of four million. By way of comparison, the AAF drew 2.9 million viewers for its debut fixture.

The XFL has also continued its commercial push, adding mobile sports betting brand Fox Bet as an authorised gaming operator of the league, while Sportradar has become an official sports data provider of the competition.


via SportsPro Media – Latest News

February 10, 2020 at 01:44PM

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