Canton, Ohio will host USFL regular season games in 2023

CANTON, Ohio – At a press conference here Wednesday, USFL leaders and the Hall of Fame Village announced that Canton will host two teams during the upcoming regular season, as well as the North Division playoff game in late June and the USFL championship game in early July. The announcement comes six months after the Hall of Fame Village hosted USFL postseason games during the inaugural season of the professional spring football league.

“The USFL is excited that the Pittsburgh Maulers and New Jersey Generals will practice and play games in Canton during the 2023 regular season,” said Daryl Johnston, USFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “The outstanding regional support we received during our first postseason from football fans in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including the great city of Pittsburgh, combined with our successful partnership with the Hall of Fame Village, has led to this moment.”

The Maulers and Generals will square off in Canton’s regular season opener on Sunday, April 23. The North Division playoff game and the USFL Championship game will also return to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, with dates and times to be announced at a later date. Fans can pre-register for USFL Canton game tickets via Ticketmaster to make a $25 deposit and lock in priority access, or visit theUSFL.com For more information.

[Fans can pre-register for affordable tickets in Canton via Ticketmaster or by visiting theUSFL.com]

“Following the incredible response from football fans during last year’s USFL postseason, we are thrilled to expand our partnership by hosting regular season games in 2023,” said Michael Crawford, CEO of the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company. “The USFL is a fan-first league, so we’re creating a fun and affordable entertainment destination here in Canton where football fans can cheer on the Pittsburgh Maulers, New Jersey Generals and other USFL teams while enjoying a wide variety of programs and activities in the Hall of Fame Village before and after the games.”

New Pittsburgh Molers head coach Ray Horton, who was hired by the USFL earlier this month, sees this move to Canton in 2023 as an opportunity to build a regional fan base.

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“Having been the defensive backs coach for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, I know how passionate the football fans are in Western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio,” Horton said. “While the USFL works toward possibly relocating the Maulers to Pittsburgh, playing the 2023 regular season games in Canton presents an incredible opportunity for fans throughout the region to check us out and see firsthand the high-quality professional football being played in the USFL . My team and I have been working tirelessly to build a championship-caliber team, so we are excited for fans to visit Pro Football Hall of Fame Stadium to have fun and hopefully become Maulers fans for life.”

While USFL officials said they remain committed to gradually placing all teams in their namesake markets, expanding the game to Canton with two iconic franchises continues to build a regional fan base, keeps the brand in the national consciousness and strengthens the league’s partnership with the Hall of Fame. The Village of Glory prepares to return postseason games to Hall of Famer Tom Benson Stadium.

The USFL is the first major professional spring football league in nearly 40 years to complete a successful inaugural season and return for Season 2. During the 2022 USFL’s 10-week regular season, all eight teams were hosted by the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Last June during the Canton playoffs, the league announced it would expand to more markets for the 2023 season. In addition to Canton hosting the Maulers and Generals, the USFL previously announced that the Birmingham Stallions and New Orleans Breakers would be will host in Birmingham, and the Memphis Showboats and Houston Gamblers will host in Memphis, Tennessee.

“In 2023, the USFL is proud to bring high-quality and competitive professional soccer to Canton, Birmingham and Memphis,” Johnston said. “We couldn’t be more excited for the start of USFL Season 2 in April.”

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