TGL, the highly anticipated high-tech golf league, has announced that its launch will be postponed until early 2025. This news comes as a major setback for golf stars Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who had gathered some of the top players in the sport for their new venture.
Severe Damage to Purpose-Built Venue
The purpose-built Sofi Arena, which was set to host TGL matches, sustained severe damage when the white roof collapsed after a storm hit the Florida area. Shocking footage of the damaged venue quickly spread on social media, leaving fans and players disappointed.
SoFi Centre, a 250,000-square-foot venue, was designed to accommodate approximately 1,600 people on match nights. Unfortunately, due to the extent of the damage, it will not be possible to repair the venue in time for the planned launch.
Power Failure Causes Roof Collapse
The apparent reason for the roof collapse was a power failure that caused the dome to deflate. TGL officials have stated that they will not be able to start the league any later than the originally slated January 2024 date due to their broadcast deal with ESPN and a crowded sporting calendar.
The league was intended to fill in for Monday Night Football NFL on ESPN once the football season had concluded. It was set to feature team competitions in an indoor setting, with a simulator for long shots and a manipulable green for short game shots.
Postponement Confirmed by TGL Brass
In an official statement, TGL brass confirmed the decision to postpone the league launch until early 2025. The statement explained, "A failure of the temporary power system and backup systems used during construction caused the dome to deflate, which caused damage to the air-supported dome section of the site. Following discussions with key partners, including players, our six team ownership groups, PGA Tour leadership, and our commercial partners…the decision has been made to postpone the start of the TGL season until early 2025."
The league was founded by McIlroy, Woods, and executive Mike McCarley, and had generated significant excitement among golf fans. Unfortunately, they will now have to wait a little longer to see the innovative league in action.
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