Tampa Bay Vipers

The Tampa Bay Vipers are a professional American football team based in Tampa, Florida. The team is an owned-and-operated member of the new XFL founded by Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment and plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL and the University of South Florida Bulls.

Team logo
Founded2018; 3 years ago (2018)
Based inTampa, Florida
Home stadiumRaymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
Head coachMarc Trestman
General managerMarc Trestman
Team presidentJosh Bullock[1]
Owner(s)Alpha Acquico, LLC[2]
LeagueXFL
DivisionEast[3]
ColorsGreen, gold, white[4]
     
Websitexfl.com/teams/tampa-bay
Current sports event2020 Tampa Bay Vipers season

The team is headquartered at Plant City Stadium in Plant City, Florida, where players are housed and practices are held.[5]

HistoryEdit

Tampa Bay joined Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. as the league's inaugural cities. Teams have 40-man active rosters and play a 10-week season. Vince McMahon said "the game will feature simplified rules for a faster pace of game that should complete in under three hours", and draw from former college and NFL players.[6]

In contrast to other XFL teams, the Vipers were granted three years rent-free at Raymond James Stadium as part of the team's first lease agreement.[7]

On March 5, 2019, Marc Trestman was announced to be the head coach and general manager of the Tampa Bay XFL team.[8]

On February 9, 2020, the Vipers played their first game in team history, losing to the New York Guardians 23-3.[9]

They won their first game in week 4, shutting out the DC Defenders 25-0.

Market overviewEdit

The Central Florida corridor has been a popular location for alternative professional football since the 1960s. Two teams in particular had success in Tampa Bay: the Tampa Bay Storm were one of the Arena Football League's most successful and longest-lived franchises, surviving in the city from 1991 until it suspended operations after the 2017 season. The Tampa Bay Bandits were one of the biggest successes in the United States Football League in the 1980s.[10] In addition, the Florida Tuskers of the UFL played one of their games in nearby St. Petersburg.

The original XFL had placed one of its teams, the Orlando Rage, 80 miles up Interstate 4 in Orlando, where that city had openly embraced the league and had some of its best attendance (buoyed in part by Orlando also having the best regular-season record). The former Alliance of American Football placed a team of their own, the Orlando Apollos, in Orlando before the current XFL announced its teams. Shortly before the XFL went bankrupt, it was exploring moving the Vipers to Orlando.[11]

The only other major professional sports team playing in February and March in Tampa is the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, but the XFL team also faces indirect competition from Major League Baseball's spring training.

StaffEdit

Tampa Bay Vipers staff
Front office
Head coach
Offensive coaches
 
Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
  • Special teams coordinator – Frank Gansz, Jr.
East Division
DC
NY
STL
TB
West Division
DAL
HOU
LA
SEA

RosterEdit

Tampa Bay Vipers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Roster updated April 6, 2021
Depth chart
37 active, 3 inactive

XFL rosters

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bassinger, Thomas (June 3, 2019). "Tampa Bay XFL team hires former USF executive Josh Bullock as its president". Tampa Bay Times.
  2. ^ Perry, Mark (August 3, 2020). "More Details On The Rock Purchase Of The XFL, How Many Bidders". XFL News Hub. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "FOX Sports announces 2020 XFL schedule". KMPH. January 7, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "Tampa Bay Vipers' uniforms, helmet". XFL.com (Press release). December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.plantcityobserver.com/xfl-turns-eyes-to-plant-city/
  6. ^ Staff, KOMO (December 5, 2018). "Seattle chosen as one of 8 inaugural teams for new XFL football league". KOMO.
  7. ^ https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2019/07/17/xfl-2020-as-the-relaunch-nears-answers-to-your-burning-questions-vince-mcmahon-team-names-draft/
  8. ^ Staff, ESPN (March 3, 2019). "Trestman hired as coach of Tampa Bay XFL team". ESPN.
  9. ^ "Takeaways from Tampa Bay Vipers' XFL season opener in New York". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  10. ^ Breakfast Bonus - Tom McEwen- from TBO.com Sports Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Fischer, Ben (April 17, 2020). "Last Call for the XFL". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved April 18, 2020.

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