New York is one of two metropolitan areas, the other being Los Angeles, to have hosted teams in both the original XFL in 2001 and the 2020 XFL; the New York/New Jersey Hitmen were the Guardians’ predecessors in the previous league.
The New York metropolitan area has 16 professional teams in some form or another, including three NHL teams, two NBA teams and two MLS teams whose seasons substantially overlap with the XFL’s. The Guardians (despite carrying a New York brand) are locally marketing themselves as a New Jersey franchise to differentiate themselves from the other teams in the region. MetLife Stadium is the largest venue in the XFL; the league has been public in its desire to find a smaller venue, mentioning Red Bull Arena as a potential venue for 2021.
The Guardians inaugural season was cut short due to the 2019 – 2020 coronavirus pandemic and the XFL officially suspended operations for the remainder of the season on March 20, 2020.
The New York Guardians are a professional American football team based in New York City, New York. The team is an owned-and-operated member of the XFL (2020) begun by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment. The team will play its home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
2020 – Present / XFL
2020 – Present / New York Guardians
Guardians – The team’s name and colors were revealed August 21, 2019, as part of a league-wide announcement. Its imagery borrows from gargoyles, monster-shaped structures that grace many buildings in New York City and, mythologically, protect the building and city from nefarious spirits.
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2020 – Present / MetLife Stadium
2020 – Present / Alpha Entertainment, LLC
2020 – Present / Kevin Gilbride
*Blue is this team’s history