XFL Impresses In Opening Weekend, Comparing Attendance To AAF Week 1

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Week 1 of the 2020 XFL season is in the books and the league has generally drawn positive reviews from fans across social media. The games saw many NFL personalities present and there were NFL scouts present. So far, the consensus is the league has tremendous potential and it’s easy to watch with an uptempo pace.

In opening weekend, there are many measures that will be evaluated to determine success but attendance numbers are something readily available. While it would be tremendously unfair to compare to XFL to the juggernaut that is the NFL, we can compare it to the now defunct Alliance of American Football, which debuted last year but ceased operations midway through its first season.

Below are the XFL week 1 attendance figures compared to what the AAF in its first week:

Week 1 XFL (February 2020)
Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks – 17,815
Seattle Dragons at DC Defenders – 17,163
Tampa Bay Vipers at New York Guardians – 17,634
St. Louis Battlehawks at Dallas Renegades – 17,082

Week 1 AAF (February 2019)
San Diego Fleet at San Antonio Commanders – 27,857
Atlanta Legends at Orlando Apollos – 20,191
Memphis Express at Birmingham Iron – 17,039
Salt Lake Stallions at Arizona Hotshots – 11,751

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