The New Jersey Generals and Pittsburgh Maulers will play their 2023 United States Soccer League regular season games at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio this year.
The Generals and Maulers will meet in their first game of the season on April 23. The site will also host the 2023 USFL North Division Playoff Game and Championship Game. USFL and Hall of Fame Village officials made the announcement Wednesday.
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«The USFL is excited to have the Pittsburgh Maulers and New Jersey Generals practice and play in Canton during the 2023 regular season,» said USFL Executive Vice President of Soccer 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, along with our successful partnership with Hall of Fame Village, led to this moment.»
The USFL hosted its championship game and 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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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 soccer fans during last year’s USFL postseason, we are thrilled to expand our partnership by hosting regular season games in 2023,» said Michael Crawford, CEO of Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company. , in a press 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 teams. of the USFL while enjoying a wide variety of programming and activities throughout the Hall of Fame Village before and after games.
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The USFL will also host games in Birmingham and Memphis this season.