The new XFL franchise in the city of Seattle officially announced they will be called the Seattle Dragons, in a video announcement that named all eight XFL franchises on Wednesday morning.
The Dragons, who will be coached by former Seahawks quarterback and coach Jim Zorn, will kick off their inaugural season on February 8, 2020 – one week after the conclusion of the Super Bowl.
The XFL is owned by WWE owner Vince McMahon and hopes to learn from the successes, and failures, of the fledgling AAF that only lasted nine months before folding last spring.
XFL Seattle’s summer showcase hosted a variety of former local NFL and college stars, including UW quarterback Keith Price and nine former Seahawks: linebacker Korey Toomer; safety Ryan Murphy; long snapper Tanner Carew; center J.J. Dielman; corner Mohammed Seisay; linebackers John Lotulelei and Obum Gwacham; defensive end Julius Warmsley; and defensive tackle Tani Tupou.
“I thought we had great participation and great young men,” Zorn said after the showcase. “Our coaches were able to watch and grade and evaluate some of these young men. The problem for us is these young men get to be looked at by all XFL teams. We can’t handpick guys and hide guys; we have to wait for our guy in the draft.”
The XFL draft is expected to be held sometime in October, and full rosters will be announced sometime after that. Uniforms will be revealed sometime after that, with XFL president Ryan Gustafson saying uniforms will be released “sometime before Thanksgiving”.
The Dragons will play their home games at CenturyLink Field and tickets are available at XFL.com/tickets.