STAMFORD, CONN., Thursday, March 22, 2001 - With an eye towards adding at least two teams as early as next season, members of the newly created XFL expansion committee will visit Washington, D.C. Tuesday, March 27, XFL President Basil V. DeVito, Jr., announced today.
"Our business plan calls for league expansion in either year two or three so we have formed an expansion committee to examine the feasibility of adding at least two-to-four teams in that time frame," said DeVito. "We have had requests from a number of cities who would like to join the XFL, and we have targeted several for early visits. First on the list is the nation's capital."
According to Rich Rose, who heads up the league's expansion committee, the league has established a set of criteria to determine a city's viability as an XFL expansion candidate.
"We will be examining possible stadiums, practice facilities, short term player housing and team office space, as well as the potential season ticket base," said Rose. "Our goal is to be able to sell at least 20,000 season tickets in any new XFL city, remembering that XFL season tickets are available for $125 on the 50-yard line."
In addition to DeVito and Rose, making the trip to Washington will be Michael Keller, the XFL's Vice President of Football Operations, and Drew Pearson, General Manager of the New York/New Jersey Hitmen. They will meet with Bobby Goldwater, President and Executive Director of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, which operates RFK Stadium.
"We are looking forward to our visit with the XFL officials and to the possibility of the league expanding to Washington," said Goldwater. "One of the Commission's goals is to attract and present a larger variety of sports and entertainment events in the District and bringing the XFL to RFK could be a great addition. As everyone knows, Washington has passionate football fans in one of the premier markets in the country. We welcome the XFL's interest."