Going into the inaugural USFL season, Daryl Johnston had spoke on the league’s early approach to sustainability. The first season would be completely housed out of Birmingham, AL with plans to move into as many as four markets in season 2.
Late last year the USFL officially cemented on how things would playout in the South, naming Birmingham, AL and Memphis, TN as the southern hubs. Birmingham would serve as home to the Stallions and the New Orleans Breakers. Memphis would receive the Showboats, which played as the Tampa Bay Bandits last season, as well as the Houston Gamblers.
Looking to the north, things seems to be getting close to final.
Back in November newly named Breakers head coach, John DeFilippo, joined The Football Playbook with Ric Serritella and gave us our first look at how the north may playout in 2023. At the time he stated that the league was targeting Detroit to house all of the north division teams.
Since then we’ve learned that the USFL seems to be set on having at least four hubs for season two. Beyond Detroit, there’s been two other cities that have gotten some heavy attention; Philadelphia, PA and Canton, OH.
FOX saw success when they hosted their playoffs and championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH. So much so, we’ve been hearing rumors since then that they’d be happy utilizing the location as a hub for season 2.
With a little over three months until the USFL returns, it looks as if more hub news may be on the way soon.
Angelo of the USFL Network reports that he has heard that Canton, OH and Detroit, Mi will be the landing spot for the north.
Beyond that, he gives us some insight on which teams will play where.
As it stands now, the New Jersey Generals and Pittsburgh Maulers will play out of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH. That leaves the Michigan Panthers and Philadelphia Stars share a home in Detroit, MI.