It looks like the clubhouse leaders for USFL franchises in 2014 are to be determined locations in Southern California, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Ohio. The league still intends to kick off with eight franchises when it starts spring play a little over a year from now.
The USFL has signed an agreement with a real estate development company to build multiple commercial developments throughout the United States and the centerpiece of each development will be a mid-sized stadium to host a USFL team.
The league and its development partner have identified the first five of these markets and plan to begin construction on stadiums to seat up to 20,000 fans in time for the inaugural season.
According to a release from the USFL on Monday, the markets include locations in Southern California, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama. The league has also made significant strides toward bringing a team to Ohio.
“It is still the USFL’s goal to secure eight teams for our launch in 2014, and we feel that with a mixture of joint-ventured teams and other ownership groups we will achieve our goal,” said Jaime Cuadra, the USFL’s President and CEO in a statement. “Due to the delicate nature of the development process, we will wait to disclose the specific cities until a later date.”
Each development is expected to contain a USFL football stadium, a sports and entertainment complex and residential and retail space.
Southern California has been without a legitimate pro football team since the NFL's Rams and Raiders both left the area in 1995.