TGL Postpones Inaugural Season Until 2025 Due to Damage to Dome Last Week
The TGL inaugural season has been postponed a year, to 2025, as a result of the extensive damage to the dome in Palm Beach State College in Florida that was to be home to the event. Last Tuesday, November 14, a failure in a temporary power system and backup systems used during construction caused the dome to deflate, damaging the air-supported dome section of the site (there were no injuries and most of the technology was not impacted).
In a statement released today TGL says the decision came after reviewing short-term solutions, potential construction timelines, player schedules, and the primetime sports television calendar.
“Despite this new timeline for the venue, we remain excited about the future of TGL and will continue to build excitement between now and the start of the season with our players, fans and team. We have begun to update plans and timelines and are confident that the extension will only improve our delivery.”
Mike McCarley, TMRW Sports co-founder and CEO and a key proponent of TGL along with golf legends Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, says TMRW Sports is disappointed with the delay but thankful that no one was injured and grateful for the overwhelming support from our athletes, teams, Palm Beach State College and business partners.
“Their steadfast belief in the success of TGL and their alignment with the decision to postpone the inaugural season will allow us to regroup and return with the best product possible at our preferred time on the sports calendar,” he says.
Woods says he is even more excited about what TGL can become for fans of the game all around the world.
“Although the events of last week will force us to make adjustments to our timelines, I’m fully confident that this concept will be brought to life by our great committed players,” he says.
McIlroy says the postponement brings mixed feelings of disappointment and excitement. The most important thing, he says, is no one was injured last week, and that the postponement will allow TGL to regroup, refocus and return stronger.”
ESPN is the broadcast home of TGL and Rosalyn Durant, ESPN executive vice president, Programming and Acquisitions, says ESPN fully supports the decision.
“We have believed in them and their vision from the beginning, and that has not changed,” she says. “The additional time to plan, test and rehearse will only make it better. We look forward to launching the inaugural season on ESPN.”