Is XFL 2.0 going to fail after one year? Two years? Three years? Will it even make it through the whole season? Will it actually be a success? The correct answer is “we don’t know yet,” but that won’t stop the think pieces and hot takes from spewing out after one week of Vince McMahon’s second attempt at a professional football league.
What we do know is that the city of Seattle has positioned itself as one of the markets that has shown the most interest in its XFL team. The Dragons may have lost their opener last week to the DC Defenders, but of the 3.3 million viewers who watched on ABC, the top-rated market by a considerable distance was the Emerald City.
The @xfl2020 on ESPN/ABC is off to a strong start! pic.twitter.com/ZjAzmTLmz9— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) February 10, 2020
Not bad for a road game at 11 AM PT!
This weekend the Dragons make their home debut at CenturyLink Field, and it looks like Seattle is one of the top cities in terms of ticket sales.
For the weekend, every single XFL home team had an attendance over 17,000 fans. This is without the two markets that have sold the most tickets up to this point, Seattle and St. Louis.— Konnor Fulk (@XFLKonnor) February 10, 2020
This is a HUGE weekend for the #XFL . Surpassed all expectations on attendance and TV ratings
In fact, the Dragons announced earlier this week via press release that “due to demand following the team’s season opener at the DC Defenders, the Dragons will open additional seating sections at CenturyLink Field for purchase in advance of Seattle’s home opener.”
For the teams playing in NFL stadiums like the Dragons, only lower bowl seating is supposed to be available. Seattle’s XFL team is pegged to be the worst in the league but at least through this first home game, there’s football fever that extends beyond our Seahawks.
Field Gulls intends to provide Dragons coverage throughout the season, so if you want to hang out here on Saturday at 2 PM PT for the Vipers game, grab a beer and some snacks and enjoy the show!