The BattleHawks are the only XFL team not to share its market with a current National Football League franchise; St. Louis had 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 relocated to Los Angeles in the 2016 season. There ...
History of the 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 and is an owned-and-operated member of the new XFL owned by Dwayne Johnson’s Alpha Acquico. The BattleHawks play their home games at The Dome at America's Center.
On April 18, 2019, the team hired Jonathan Hayes, who most recently was tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, as their first head coach. Hayes is an alumnus of the University of Iowa.
The BattleHawks lead the league in followers on Twitter, Instagram, and fan attendance. 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. Fans often chanted “Kroenke Sucks” to express distaste for the owner of the Los Angeles Rams.
On April 10, 2020, the remainder of the XFL season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The St. Louis BattleHawks had a 3–2 record when the league ceased to play.
On January 3, 2022, Dwayne Johnson, the new owner of the XFL, announced plans were in place to return to play in 2023. The announcement specified training camps would begin on January 4, 2023, with regular season play beginning on February 18, 2023. The specific 2023 XFL franchises were not identified.
2020 - Present / XFL
2020 - Present / St. Louis Battlehawks
Battlehawks – “This name is objectively horrible. Let’s get that out of the way immediately. St. Louis is getting the No. 2 spot because they have a team NAMED THE BATTLEHAWKS,” James Dator wrote in his review. “I don’t know what the hell a Battlehawk is. It’s a hawk that likes to battle, I assume. It sounds like a 1980s cartoon with a Kenny Loggins-esque theme song — probably with a robotic hawk and a dude in a futuristic Stetson. It’s also the name of an old video game ...
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2020 - Present / The Dome at America's Center
2020 - Present / Alpha Entertainment, LLC
2020 - Present / Jonathan Hayes
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