With the XFL season right around the corner, time was getting short for the Las Vegas Vipers to pick a home field.
We now know that their five 2023 home games will be played at Cashman Field.
With that announcement, the natural question is, did they pick the right stadium?
Obvious Options Not Possible
It’s worth mentioning that the two most obvious options were not feasible.
Allegiant Stadium has a capacity of 65,000. That’s far too big.
During the last XFL season, leaguewide average attendance was just over 18,000. Playing in a stadium with 40,000 plus empty seats would look silly.
Sam Boyd Stadium
Personally, I would have loved seeing Sam Boyd Stadium host football games again. Unfortunately, contractual obligations make that impossible.
When Allegiant Stadium opened, they agreed to pay UNLV $3.5 million for 10 years. Part of that agreement was a no-compete clause that made hosting football games at Sam Boyd impossible.
Starting with the February 25th game against the D.C. Defenders, it will also be the home of the Las Vegas Vipers.
Perfect might be a stretch, but Cashman Field is an excellent fit for the Vipers.
First of all, it’s the perfect size(9,334 permanent seats with additional standing room capacity).
Secondly, it’s successfully hosted a soccer team for several years, so we know the stadium is up to the task.
Thirdly, I love that the stadium is actually in Las Vegas. No offense to the Vegas Knight Hawks, but they play in Henderson, making them Vegas in name only.