Renegades participate in first practice at remodeled Globe Life Park
ARLINGTON -- Just over a year since it was announced that the Texas Rangers former home, Globe Life Park, would be converted to be the new home of the Dallas Renegades, head coach Bob Stoops and his players stepped on to their new field for the first time.
"It looks awesome set up like a football field. It's going to be a great stadium to play in," Stoops said. "We came out here on the new turf and the guys had a great practice."
The field lines, yardmarkers and goalposts are all in place, and all that remains on the field is the team and XFL logos to be painted on, which will happen in the days leading up to the team's season opener against the St. Louis BattleHawks on Feb. 9. In fact, Sunday's practice was the first that involved advance preparation for that game, with positional coaches discussing St. Louis' tendencies with their players.
Despite it being a mostly low key practice (players did some conditioning work to get loose, then broke off for position walkthroughs and special teams before ending the practice with full team walkthroughs), the break since the end of training camp last Tuesday, coupled with the brand new digs, appeared to provide a jolt of energy for the players.
"They walked out to a new field here and they had a few days to get fresh legs," Stoops said. "Everyone looked great and we got a great jump on it. This is the first day with this new team, our 52 players, and they're ready to go."
FINAL 52-MAN ROSTER TO BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY
Dallas, along with the rest of the league, will reveal its final rosters at 11 p.m. CT on Monday, and Stoops acknowledged that the staff had to make some tough choices.
"I hate the fact that we couldn't keep all 70," Stoops said. "But those are the rules and the 52 guys we have here now look awesome, I'm really excited to work with them, and hopefully we can win a championship."