St. Louis BattleHawks

The St. Louis BattleHawks are a professional American football team based in St. Louis, Missouri. The team was founded by Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment as an owned-and-operated member of the XFL league. Based at The Dome at America's Center, the BattleHawks played in the league's inaugural 10-week season in 2020, against teams from Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. In August 2020, the team and its bankrupt league were sold to new owners, who have announced plans for a 2022 season.[4]

Team logo
Established2018; 3 years ago (2018)
Based inSt. Louis, Missouri
Home stadiumThe Dome at America's Center
Owner(s)Alpha Acquico, LLC[1]
LeagueXFL
DivisionEast[2]
ColorsRoyal, grey, navy[3]
     
Websitexfl.com/teams/st-louis
Current sports event2020 St. Louis BattleHawks season

Market overviewEdit

The BattleHawks are the only XFL team that was founded in a market that lacked a current National Football League franchise. St. Louis hosted NFL football in 1923 with the All-Stars, 1934 with the Gunners, 1960 to 1987 with the Football Cardinals, and again from 1995 to 2015 with the Rams, which moved to Los Angeles in the 2016 season. There is a significant negative sentiment against the NFL in St. Louis,[5] as the owners of both the Cardinals and Rams moved to new markets, saying that the city and county governments of St. Louis declined to provide an adequate new stadium; the latter also said the Dome at America's Center was unacceptable. (The Dome was the last NFL stadium to be built with a fully opaque and fixed roof, which led to a lack of ambient light and, coupled with the Rams' decision to switch to a darker uniform color palette in the early 2000s, resulted in one of the darkest stadium environments in the NFL.) As St. Louis was one of the most recent cities to lose an NFL team, with acceptable facilities by XFL standards, the area was seen as a good choice.

St. Louis has hosted one alternative professional football team: the Arena Football League's St. Louis Stampede of 1995 and 1996. None of the major alternative outdoor leagues of the late 20th and early 21st centuries had a team there. Some indoor football teams have played at Family Arena in suburban St. Charles, Missouri, including the RiverCity Rage and River City Raiders. St. Louis has also been devoid of NCAA Division I Football since 1949, when the Saint Louis University Billikens dropped football as an intercollegiate sport; the nearest FBS football squad, the Missouri Tigers, play in Columbia.

The St. Louis BattleHawks share the Missouri winter sports market with one other major professional team, the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues, and with the Billikens' and Tigers' college basketball teams.

StadiumEdit

The Dome at America's Center was built for the Rams and as an addition to the adjoining St. Louis Convention Center. After the Rams left, the Dome continued to host a plethora of other events, enough that the stadium was unable to host a team in the former Alliance of American Football for the 2019 season.[6] The XFL rented the Dome for $800,000 per season (a $300,000 flat fee plus $100,000 for each game) in exchange for keeping all of the revenue from ticket sales; the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission will keep concession and parking revenue.[7] For XFL games, the Dome has a reduced capacity, similar to the former San Antonio Commanders use of the Alamodome and the earlier XFL's Orlando Rage at the Citrus Bowl, reducing the stadium's capacity to around 28,000.[8] After two consecutive sellouts of the lower bowl, city officials began planning to open up some sections of the upper decks to accommodate more fans while still maintaining the up-close intimate atmosphere the league seeks.[9]

It and CenturyLink Field are the only two XFL venues in a downtown city center.

The team uses Rams Park in Earth City as their practice facility.[10] Since the Rams departure, the facility has been used by Lou Fusz Soccer Club.

The league has also said that it would be interested in having the BattleHawks play at the St. Louis MLS Stadium when it opens in 2023, given its new amenities, better lighting and capacity closer to projected attendance. Three XFL teams share stadiums with MLS teams.

Fan baseEdit

The BattleHawks led the league in followers on Twitter, Instagram, and in fan attendance.[11][12] The St. Louis media market led the nation in television viewership for the opening week, posting a 7.4 Nielsen rating for the BattleHawks' first game.[13] Fans often chanted “Kroenke Sucks” to express distaste for the owner of the Los Angeles Rams.

StaffEdit

St. Louis BattleHawks staff
Front office
  • Director of player personnel – Trey Brown
  • Director of football operations – Frank Bestich, Jr.
  • Manager of football operations/Scout – Jeff Bauer
  • Assistant to the Head Coach – Michael George
Head coach
Offensive coaches
  • Offensive coordinator/Quarterbacks – Chuck Long
  • Running backs – Reggie Davis
  • Receivers – Az-Zahir Hakim
  • Offensive line – Brian Braswell
  • Tight ends/quality control – Nick Siciliano
  • Assistant offensive line/alumni relations – Grant Williams
 
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator/Defensive line – Jay Hayes
  • Defensive backs – Tim Lewis
  • Assistant defensive backs/quality control – Chris Crocker
  • Assistant defensive line – Michael George


East Division
DC
NY
STL
TB
West Division
DAL
HOU
LA
SEA

RosterEdit

St. Louis BattleHawks roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Roster updated April 30, 2021
Depth chart
39 active, 7 inactive

XFL rosters

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Perry, Mark (August 3, 2020). "More Details On The Rock Purchase Of The XFL, How Many Bidders". XFL News Hub. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "FOX Sports announces 2020 XFL schedule". KMPH. January 7, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "St. Louis BattleHawks' uniforms, helmet". XFL.com (Press release). December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  4. ^ Staff, KOMO (5 December 2018). "Seattle chosen as one of 8 inaugural teams for new XFL football league". KOMO.
  5. ^ "If Corrupt NFL Wants the Chargers In STL, Here Are Our Terms: Pay Up, For Everything". 101Sports.com. 2018-10-23. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  6. ^ June 21; 2018. "St. Louis Left Out As AAF City With Dome Unavailable For Games". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 2019-02-15.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "FOX2 obtains agreement between XFL, St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission". FOX2now.com. 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  8. ^ St. Louis BattleHawks [@XFLBattleHawks] (2019-10-08). "Season ticket information is out 👀 Start making your plans now #ClearedToEngage #STLBornAndRaised More details here: t.co/OzTegnZpc0 t.co/Fr4SF964Jm" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2021-01-19 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ https://kmox.radio.com/articles/news/st-louis-battlehawks-looking-to-add-seats
  10. ^ Florio, Mike (2019-04-08). "XFL to use one-, two-, three-point conversions". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  11. ^ Fulk, Konnor. "XFL Momentum: Social Media, A Look At The Numbers". XFLNewsHub. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  12. ^ Barrabi, Thomas. "XFL attendance on the rise through 3 weeks". FOX Business. FOXBusiness.
  13. ^ Caesar, Dan. "St. Louis draws XFL's best TV rating in the nation". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2020-02-11.

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