Cradled within the Tempe Buttes is historic Sun Devil Stadium, home of the eponymous Arizona State Sun Devils. Built in 1958, the stadium has been renovated multiple times over the years, and has been the home of not only Sun Devil football, but the host of the Fiesta Bowl, the Cactus Bowl, and even the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
When Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SSE), the parent owners of the San Antonio Spurs, was awarded an expansion franchise in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2016, they purchased a controlling interest in Toyota Field and started up San Antonio FC. The stadium, which was newly minted as of 2013, had been created to be the home of the now defunct San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League.
In 2009, a new professional football venture was introduced to the United States when the organization now known as the Legends Football League was born. The league was designed as a vehicle for professional women’s football, and offers a variation on the arena style of the game. Since its founding, the league has expanded to eight teams, and welcomed a team to Central Texas in 2016 – that season the Austin Acoustic were born. From its inception, the team has called H-E-B Center in Cedar Park their home stadium, and since it started the team has developed a loyal following in a region crazy about the sport. The Acoustic fill a niche in Austin, and have a great home field advantage in H-E-B Center.
It’s no secret that Texas loves its football. High school, college, and pro all bring in crowds across the state, and the same can be said for the arena/indoor style. Since the inception of the Arena Football League, this type of football has kept a presence in the Lone Star State. The newest representative is the Austin Wild of the American Arena League.
In 2005, Major League Soccer (MLS) announced that the San Jose Earthquakes franchise would be relocating and had chosen the fourth-largest city in the United States, Houston, as their new home. The Houston Dynamo began play in time for the 2006 season, and promptly won the MLS Championship in their first season in Space City.