2 USFL teams to play regular-season games near Pro Football Hall of Fame

 

The New Jersey Generals and Pittsburgh Maulers will play their 2023 regular season United States Football League games at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio this year.

The Generals and Maulers will play each other in their first game of the season on April 23. The site will also host the North Division Playoff Game and the 2023 USFL Championship Game. USFL and Hall of Fame Village officials made the announcement on Wednesday.

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The USFL Championship trophy is seen on the field during warmups before the game between the Birmingham Stallions and the Pittsburgh Maulers at Protective Stadium on May 29, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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“The USFL is excited that the Pittsburgh Maulers and the New Jersey Generals will practice and play games in Canton during the 2023 regular season,” said USFL executive vice president of football operations Daryl Johnston. “The outstanding regional support we received during our first postseason from football fans in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including the great city of Pittsburgh, coupled with our successful partnership with the Hall of Fame Village, led to this moment.”

The USFL hosted its championship game and the playoffs at the facility last season. The Generals were the North Division champions but lost to the Philadelphia Stars in the playoffs.

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Detail view of a New Jersey Generals helmet atop a Gatorade cart during the USFL playoff game against the Philadelphia Stars on June 25, 2022 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
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The Birmingham Stallions defeated the Stars 33-30 in the championship after beating the New Orleans Breakers in the playoffs.

“After the incredible response from football fans during last year’s USFL postseason, we’re thrilled to expand our partnership by hosting regular season games in 2023,” Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company CEO Michael Crawford said in a news release. “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 experiencing a wide variety of programming and activities throughout the Hall of Fame Village before and after games.”

The Pittsburgh Maulers flag is flown during the game against the Michigan Panthers at Legion Field on June 19, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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The USFL will also host games in Birmingham and Memphis this season.