Ka Kaw! The Battlehawks Return to St. Louis This February
By Rachel Huffman
As part of the XFL’s latest reboot, the Battlehawks will soar back into St. Louis.
Playing at The Dome at America’s Center, the Battlehawks’ season kicks off in February, with tickets starting at $25.
“I’m excited to bring the Battlehawks – the team and the logo – back to St. Louis and to have the fans back in The Dome,” head coach Anthony Becht says. “It’s going to be a fun experience for both the fans and the players.”
St. Louis has some of the best fans in sports, and they’ve fully embraced the Battlehawks. “In 2020, the commitment from the fan base was unbelievable,” Becht continues, “and I’m looking forward to the reception that we expect to receive next year.”
For the upcoming season, the XFL has exciting plans to engage more and more with its fan base. “One of the things that we hear most often from ownership – Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson and Gerry Cardinale – is, this is about the fan and the player experience,” Becht says. “They want that to be the benchmark for the league.”
The XFL draft is set for mid-November, and Becht, director of player personnel Dave Bowler and the staff are currently evaluating talent. “We’re not going to leave any stone unturned,” Becht says. “We’re focused on finding our talent and assembling our team so that we can put together great offensive and defensive systems based on our players and bring a championship win to St. Louis.”
As a coach, Becht says he looks at the character and integrity of players first and foremost. “A successful team starts with players who understand that they’re playing for something bigger than themselves,” he says. “I’ve spoken to so many players who are hungry for an opportunity, and I think, if they have that attitude, those are the best players that we could draft.
“I also look for players who are coachable,” he continues. “Ultimately, it’s our job as their coaches to help these guys play the best ball of their careers. If we do that, we can help them achieve their dream of playing at the highest level, of playing in the NFL.”
In addition to winning games, Becht wants to strengthen the connection between the Battlehawks and the St. Louis community. On weekends when the team is in town, expect fan-engagement and community-outreach events featuring players and staff. All the Battlehawks players will also be accessible via social media. “Fans will have access to the players in the palm of their hands,” Becht says. “They can follow them, and if they choose to interact with them, they can do that, too. Making the fans feel like a part of the team is a priority for me, and I think that will go a long way in building those relationships within the St. Louis community.”
Stay tuned for more information about the Battlehawks, including the 2023 schedule and ticket options.