The USFL is back for its second season, with the 2023 action getting underway on opening weekend April 14-15. The kickoff weekend will feature four enticing matchups, all beginning with the Philadelphia Stars taking on the USFL’s newest team, the Memphis Showboats, on April 15 at 4:30 p.m and continuing with the Michigan Panthers facing the Houston Gamblers Saturday at 12pm ET on NBC and Peacock.
Last season, each of the eight USFL teams met in Birmingham, Alabama, to engage in regular season competition. The format has been changed for 2023, however, with four cities – Detroit, Canton, Memphis and Birmingham – now serving as hub cities for the duration of the regular season.
See below for more information on the USFL’s newest host cities, as well as which teams will call each city home.
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What are the hub cities for the 2023 USFL season?
The home of the Detroit Lions will serve as the home for two North Division USFL teams this season, as the Michigan Panthers and Philadelphia Stars prepare to play their home games at Ford Field.
The Stars took home the North Division crown in 2022, while the Panthers will be looking to improve upon their 2-8 record that left them shy of a spot in the postseason.
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The New Jersey Generals and Pittsburgh Maulers will be taking the field in one of football’s most storied cities – Canton, Ohio.
Their games will be played at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, the field which hosted the 2022 USFL postseason. The 2023 USFL Championship Game will also be played at this location on July 1.
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While Birmingham was the hub of USFL regular season football in 2022, it will now serve as the home of the Birmingham Stallions (2022 USFL Champions) and New Orleans Breakers.
The two South Division teams will be taking the field at Protective Stadium, the home of the UAB Blazers college football team.
Professional football is making its return to Memphis, as the Houston Gamblers and Memphis Showboats prepare to take the field at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium for regular season matchups. The stadium is the home of the Memphis Tigers college football team and has been the home of college football’s storied Liberty Bowl since the 1965 season.
The first game of the 2023 USFL season will take place in Memphis, when the Stars visit the Showboats on April 15 at 4:30 p.m. EST.
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How many teams are in the USFL?
The USFL is comprised of eight teams that are split into two divisions, north and south. Teams in the same division will play each other twice, and teams in the other division once.
- Michigan Panthers
- New Jersey Generals
- Philadelphia Stars
- Pittsburgh Maulers
- Birmingham Stallions
- Houston Gamblers
- New Orleans Breakers
- Memphis Showboats
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What is the 2023 USFL opening weekend schedule?
Saturday, April 15
Philadelphia at Memphis – 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
New Jersey at Birmingham – 7:30 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, April 16
Michigan at Houston – 12 p.m. (NBC and Peacock)
Pittsburgh at New Orleans – 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
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