The new XFL's inaugural championship game will be played in Houston, the league announced officially Thursday.
The league and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority confirmed at a Thursday press conference that the April 26 final will be held at the University of Houston's TDECU Stadium.
The Houston Chronicle first reported the news late Tuesday night.
XFL commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck was a quarterback for the then-Houston Oilers in the 1980s, and he was the chief executive officer of the Houston Sports Authority from 2001-05 and president/general manager of Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo from 2005-10.
"Houston is a great all-around sports town with top-notch facilities, an amazing community of football fans and a solid infrastructure," Luck said in a statement. "We are grateful to the city and the Sports Authority for opening its doors once again to the XFL and we look forward to welcoming fans from across Texas, as well as the entire country, to join us in celebrating this special moment in XFL history."
Current Houston Sports Authority CEO Janis Burke said in a statement, "It's fitting that the XFL's first season will start and end in football-loving Houston and we're honored to play a pivotal role in the launch of this new league. Houston is known for hosting major sporting events and the XFL Championship will only strengthen our reputation. We're thrilled to give football fans in this city the opportunity to experience the excitement of XFL football on the league's biggest stage."
The April 26 final will air on ESPN. After a 10-game regular season, the top two teams from the East Division will square off in a semifinal game on April 18, and the top two teams in the West Division will meet in the second semifinal on April 19.
The 42,000-seat TDECU Stadium serves as the home venue for the Houston Roughnecks, one of the league's eight teams, and the University of Houston Cougars.
--Field Level Media