Alliance of American Football: 8 Best Cities for the Startup League
8 cities will begin hosting football in February of 2019 for the new startup league: The Alliance of American Football. The new league, broken down here by WBLZ’s Sean Naylor, will have teams of fifty players each, spread out across the country. With the season starting in the Winter and running through the Spring, common sense dictates these games should be played in warm weather cities. The bulk of the players will also be assigned through a regional draft, so common sense would also say that you will have to place teams where the players are.
Now, in saying all of that, here is where I think the 8 teams will be located:
SPECTRUM STADIUM (CAPACITY: 44,206)
PLAYER POOL: STATE OF FLORIDA, NORTH OF I-4
Orlando is home to the “Happiest Place on Earth” and some really good football. The Orlando team would get players that played at UCF, Florida, and Florida State. They would also be eligible for players who played their high school football in this talent-rich state. Subsequently, Camping World Stadium could be used as an alternate venue if UCF balked at allowing the league to play at Spectrum Stadium.
BOCA RATON, FL
FAU STADIUM (CAPACITY: 29,419)
PLAYER POOL: STATE OF FLORIDA, SOUTH OF I-4
Boca Raton is close enough to Miami to get the South Beach rub. Howard Schnellenberger once called this area the “State of Miami”. One could have a dominant college football team if he got all the best players from this area. Outside of the tremendous high school players, you would get, the Boca Raton franchise would also get players from USF, FAU, FIU, and Miami. The Alliance of American Football could also inquire about the FIU stadium if they want to have the franchise in Miami proper.
LEGION FIELD (CAPACITY: 71,594)
PLAYER POOL: ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, TENNESSEE, WEST GEORGIA
Birmingham sits in a football hotbed. People in Alabama love their football (I know, I am one of them). Additionally, Birmingham has had pro football in several incarnations over the years with the USFL, the WLAF, and even the CFL for a brief time. Furthermore, the Birmingham franchise would benefit from some of the most talented college football teams and some great high school football. Moreover, Legion Field would only need to be used for the first two seasons as the City of Birmingham approved a new stadium for UAB football today.
WALLACE WADE STADIUM (CAPACITY: 40,004)
PLAYER POOL: NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, EAST GEORGIA
The Carolinas are a perfect spot for this new league. Durham also has some experience with pro football in the WLAF. Hence, the lifeblood of the ACC and South Carolina of the SEC will offer the bulk of the players for this team. I could also see Raleigh (NC State), Chapel Hill (North Carolina), or Winston-Salem (Wake Forest) hosting the Alliance of American Football.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
VIRGINIA BEACH SPORTSPLEX (CAPACITY: 14,000)
PLAYER POOL: VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, DC, MARYLAND
Virginia Beach had a franchise in the defunct UFL. The Tidewater area of Virginia is known for being a breeding ground for athletes like Michael Vick, Allen Iverson, and many others. Thus, the players for this team would come from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, West Virginia, and more.
PALO ALTO, CA
STANFORD STADIUM (CAPACITY: 50,424)
PLAYER POOL: NORTH CALIFORNIA, OREGON, WASHINGTON
The Bay Area will be losing the Raiders in a couple of years so this seems like a fit for a franchise. Also, the players will come mostly from the Pac-12 North Division. Sacramento (UFL team) and Berkley (Cal) could also be in play here.
SAN DIEGO, CA
SDCCU STADIUM (CAPACITY: 54,000)
PLAYER POOL: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, NEVADA, ARIZONA
This is a perfect fit with Chargers now in Los Angeles. Indeed, the player pool will be excellent with the quality of high school players to go along with the bulk of the Pac-12 South.
SAN ANTONIO, TX
ALAMODOME (CAPACITY: 64,000)
PLAYER POOL: TEXAS, LOUISIANA, OKLAHOMA
San Antonio is a great spot for a new team. In fact, they hosted the Saints home games after Hurricane Katrina for a season and are often in the rumors for NFL relocation. The player pool is so big for this franchise that they may have multiple teams in Texas. El Paso and Austin would also be good fits.
Do you think these cities are the best fits for an Alliance of American Football franchise? Let us know in the comments what cities you think should get a look!