BattleHawks open this Sunday on the road; putting final touches including medical staff in order

With just a few days until the St. Louis BattleHawks make their XFL debut they are getting things in order.  They play their opening game in Dallas against the Renegades this Sunday, Feb. 9. The game, being played at 4 p.m. central time will be aired on ESPN. Then the following Sunday, Feb. 16 they take on another Texas team in the Lone Star State: the Houston Roughnecks before opening up in front of the home crowd.

In Week 3, fans can take part in the historic first home game for the BattleHawks as they host the New York Guardians in The Dome at America’s Center on Feb. 23. The team will compete in the XFL East division and begin play in February 2020, playing home games at The Dome at America’s Center. Click herefor the schedule.

Tickets for the kickoff game, as well as single game, premium and season ticket packages, are available now at or by contacting Tickets start at $24 for single game and $20 per game for season ticket packages.

SSM Health will provide medical services to BattleHawks’ players for training, game days and recovery. SSM Health and SLUCare professionals will serve as the team’s gameday medical staff and will be present on the sidelines to attend to players’ health needs.

Dr. George Paletta will serve as medical director, in collaboration with SLUCare/SSM Health Sports Medicine specialists Dr. Bellard and Dr. Scott Kaar and a team of additional sports medicine physicians and certified athletic trainers. Dr. Jamil Neme will serve as head family medicine physician for the team.

“SSM Health and SLUCare are leaders in healthcare, and our partnership ensures that BattleHawks’ players will receive first-class care and service,” said Kurt Hunzeker, president of the St. Louis BattleHawks. “In addition to providing player care, we wanted to create a meaningful platform as a way for our players, coaches and staff to connect with the St. Louis community beyond the football field. CommUNITY huSTLe represents the core of our organizations’ joint dedication to the St. Louis metro area.”

Throughout the BattleHawks’ season, the team and SSM Health will partner on “commUNITY huSTLe Days,” engaging and serving the St. Louis community through volunteer programs and activities with players, coaches and staff from both organizations. Planned community initiatives include hospital visits, blood drives, military appreciation events and youth flag football games. CommUNITY huSTLe kicks off this Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Operation Food Search, a local hunger relief organization.

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital will serve as presenting sponsor of the “Recruit Squad,” the official BattleHawks kids’ club providing free and exclusive activities and events for kids and families year-round. In addition, SSM Health will sponsor the team’s weekly injury report and receive marketing and digital assets to help bring awareness to its mission – the “Healing Power of Presence.”

“SSM Health is excited to be part of bringing professional football back to St. Louis, and we’re pleased to provide medical care and certified athletic trainer support for the 2020 XFL season and beyond,” said Dr. Cody Bellard, SSM Health Sports Medicine physician. “The BattleHawks have already become a vibrant part of our region’s sports community, and we know even greater things are ahead.”

SSM Health joins Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Select, Ameren and McDonald’s as BattleHawks’ founding partners for the team’s upcoming season.

The BattleHawks begin their season with two games on the road at the Dallas Renegades on Sunday, February 9 at 4pm CT on ESPN and at the Houston Renegades on Sunday, February 16 at 5pm CT on FS1.  The team will return to St. Louis for its home opener versus the New York Guardians on Sunday, February 23 at 2pm CT at The Dome at America’s Center and broadcast on ESPN.

Tickets for the St. Louis BattleHawks Kickoff Game as well as single game, premium and season ticket packages, are available now at or by contacting Tickets start at $24 for single game and $20 per game for season ticket packages.

For more information about the St. Louis BattleHawks, visit and follow @XFLBattleHawks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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