What Do the Seattle Dragons Mean to Seattle Sports Culture?
“Rising from the turbulent sea. Beneath the darkening skies of their weather-hardened home. Relentless, ruthless, ravenous. Not of mythology, but of muscle and might. Not of folklore, but of football. This is your darkest fantasy, in cleats. The Seattle Dragons. Breathing fire.”- Seattle Dragons Mantra
Who Are They?
The Seattle Dragons, as you may have heard over the past 6 months, are the newest addition to the XFL, a pro football league based out of Stamford, Connecticut and owned by Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment (he also happens to own WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment). This is the XFL’s second round at success, but it seems promising compared to its 2001 predecessor considering it has been rebuilt from the ground up in terms of operation with new game rules and timing. It makes out for an exciting and engaging game!
The Seattle Dragons are the newest installment to the league and the rest of it is made up of 7 other teams including:
- The Dallas Renegades
- Houston Roughnecks
- L.A. Wildcats
- New York Guardians
- St. Louis BattleHawks
- Tampa Bay Vipers
- D.C. Defenders
The XFL announced The Seattle Dragons’ new logo and branding along with the 7 other teams on August 21st, 2019. Prior to this, the XFL announced that Jim Zorn, the legendary Seattle Seahawk would be the teams’ head coach and the general manager of Seattle’s new (or rather, “risen from the dead”) football team.
Zorn is an amazing player and has always loved to learn new things, he never gives up, and he’s passionate about what he does. Those three things right there plus the fact that he’s a great leader are things to look forward to in the new kickoff season of the XFL.
Interestingly enough, they will be playing all of their home games at CenturyLink Field which happens to be the home base of the Seattle Seahawks and the Mariners.
What to Expect
The season is kicking off with the opening game on February 8th in Washington D.C. and their inaugural home game will be on the 15th at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The XFL games this time around are stressing safer game rules and more dynamic plays along with new twists and exciting curveballs to engage fans on a higher level. Another focus they are stressing is being family friendly and more affordable with tickets coming in as low as $20.
What Do the Seattle Dragons Mean to Sports Culture in Seattle?
As you may already be thinking, “why do we need another football team in Seattle?” The truth is, we already have quite a few sports teams rooted here; the Seattle Seahawks, the Mariners, The Sounders, Seattle Sonics, etc. However, I think that the Seattle Dragons have an edge that they didn’t have when they attempted to gain a following back in 2001. They have completely redesigned the system of play and brought on many iconic players like Isaiah Battle, William Campbell, and Dillon Day to name a few.
The Seattle Dragons have a bright future and I can see that they definitely have potential to woo the crowds and get their attention. The new play style and rules, the awesome outfits, and the safer, more engaging playing experience is going to be a first, but definitely something the crowds will latch on to. The Seattle Dragons are coming with fierceness and fire. They will be ready for anything with coach Zorn at their helm.