A letter to the newly reformed XFL organization.
To Vince McMahon and the XFL Organization,
Greetings from, what we believe is, America's Sports Capital. Home to the 11 time World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals and the forever improving Blues Hockey Team AND the home city where NFL's Rams won their only Super Bowl title. This is St. Louis, a great sports town. We here love our Baseball and Hockey teams but we also love our hometown Soccer Teams (STLFC and the St. Louis Ambush) and we have a love for our high school sports in the region especially football. Football in St. Louis is a tricky subject as some of us are still angry at Stan Kroenke's decision to take the Rams and move them to Los Angeles, but we do believe that the time has come for a new Team to return to St. Louis.
St. Louis is changing with a renaissance that is changing our national image and streetscape. Anything you can imagine is being done here whether that is innovation, historical preservation and overall civic pride, it is taking place here. At the heart of civic pride lies our bonding asset that everyone can agree on, the sports world. Missing from that asset is a major league football team. Even though it may not have seemed like it, we loved our Rams (and before that, the Cardinals) and the absence of them has left us with a 67,000 seat Stadium in the heart of Downtown only being used for the occasional concert or convention. The Dome at the Americas Center (formerly the Edward Jones Dome) was built for Football and is ready to go if the XFL decides to make St. Louis a host city.
The Potential of an XFL team in St. Louis is amazing. The benefits can be reaped by the organization and the City. For the organization, a great team means great profits and in St. Louis, many of us are willing to give Football another try which means that tons of people will buy tickets and merchandise to support the new hometown team. Furthermore, a reputation could grow from our City and spread thus making other cities potential XFL expansion cities. For the city, tax revenue will go up and there will be more visitors downtown on game days which will help our downtown restaurants and stores and truly help grow the overall economy. And finally, an XFL team in St. Louis will be a way to stick it to Kroenke and Friends.
Now, we may be dreaming big here but, in St Louis, you can dream big. There is nothing holding us back as we slowly build a reputation on innovation and pride. We are always changing and an inclusion of a new Football team to the city would be one of the crowning achievements of this particular renaissance. We understand that you are going for 8 teams at launch, but please, consider us. We are America's Sports Capital and it would be an honor to be a host city for the newly reformed XFL. Football has a fan base here, it just needs to be tapped and unleashed. If anything, St. Louis could be the XFL's largest market.
So what do you say XFL and Vince McMahon? Are you ready to meet us in St. Louis?
On behalf of all of the Football and XFL fans in St. Louis,
Chris Stritzel (Owner of this website)