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Football returns to Alabama March 30

The defending champion Birmingham Stallions are back in camp preparing for their third season. The Stallions won the championship in both previous seasons of the USFL. This year they are back, but the league is bigger and there is new competition.

The USFL and the latest incarnation of the XFL have merged and the two leagues now play in the United Football League (UFL). The two leagues announced their merger earlier this year.

The UFL has eight teams in Arlington, Texas; Birmingham, Alabama; Detroit, Michigan, Houston, Texas; San Antonio; Texas, Memphis, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri, and Washington D.C.

The Stallions will play in the premier game on Saturday, March 30, 2024. They will play the Arlington Renegades, who were the champions of the 2023 XFL.

The new League will be divided into two conferences: USFL and XFL

The Stallions will be different this year. On Monday, standout running back for the Stallions – Bo Scarbough announced his retirement from the sport. Bo played on both champion stallions' teams and was a standout performer for both the Stallions and the University of Alabama. Scarbrough had a stellar 2022 season with the Stallions; but had a season ending leg injury in the first game of 2023.

Place Kicker Brandon Aubrey won't return. Following the Stallions' 2023 championship he joined the Dallas Cowboys where he made the roster and made 36 of his 38 attempted field goals for the Cowboys. He made 32 of his 37 attempts with the Stallions and was named to the inaugural all USFL team.

Quarterback Alex McGough was the 2023 MVP of the USFL. McGough, who has bounced around the NFL over his career, is presently under contract with the Green Bay Packers.

The Stallions play at Protective Life Stadium across from the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center (BJCC) in downtown.

Prior to camp the Stallions had signed quarterbacks Adrian Martinez out of Kansas State and Jalen Morton who played college at Prairie View A&M. The 2024 starting quarterback has not yet been named as the Stallions are still in camp.

Two-time USFL champion head Coach Skip Holtz is returning for a third season with the team. Holtz has a 151 and 121 record in college football and a 17 and 3 record with the Stallions.

Stallions season tickets start at just $20 per game.

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