The USFL has announced another hub city for its 2023 season. In an announcement today (January 25th) the USFL and the Hall of Fame Village made the announcement that the Pittsburgh Maulers and the New Jersey Generals will make the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium it’s home. This comes after a successful postseason run in Canton for the 2022 season.
“After the incredible response from football fans during last year’s USFL postseason, we’re thrilled to expand our partnership by hosting regular season games in 2023. The USFL is a fan-first league, so we’re creating a fun and affordable entertainment destination here in Canton where football fans can cheer on the Pittsburgh Maulers, New Jersey Generals, and other USFL teams while experiencing a wide variety of programming and activities throughout the Hall of Fame Village before and after games.”Michael Crawford, Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company Chief Executive Officer.
New Maulers’ head coach, Ray Horton, is looking forward to the move. He recognizes the ability to create regional fanbases. The move creates an opportunity for those in the region to check out the level of talent firsthand.
“As the USFL works to eventually move the Maulers into Pittsburgh, playing the 2023 regular season games in Canton presents an incredible opportunity for fans throughout the region to check us out and see first-hand the high-quality professional football being played in the USFL. My staff and I are working tirelessly to build a championship-caliber team, so we’re excited about having fans visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame stadium to have a fun time and hopefully become lifelong Maulers fans.”Ray Horton, Pittsburgh Maulers’ Head Coach
USFL officials are still committed to placing all teams in their home markets. The move to Canton for the regular season creates a regional fanbase. It also strengthens the relationship with the Hall of Fame Village in preparation for another post-season and championship run. Canton marks the third hub city, joining Birmingham and Memphis. Birmingham will host the hometown Stallions and New Orleans Breakers. Memphis will host the new Memphis Showboats and Houston Gamblers.
“In 2023, the USFL is proud to bring high-quality and competitive professional football to Canton, Birmingham, and Memphis. We couldn’t be more excited for the kick off of USFL Season 2 in April.”Daryl Johnston, USFL Executive President of Football Operations