Exciting News for Sacramento Soccer Fans
USL club Sacramento Republic FC announcement of a new stadium brought good emotions to many residents of Sacramento and the surrounding areas. The USL soccer league has been gaining popularity throughout the USA since the last two exciting World Cup Championships. The Sacramento area is in need of another sports team as the local Sacramento Kings have been struggling. That’s not to say they will not improve in the coming years, but any new sports stadiums and improvements are welcomed.
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The stadium draws heavily from Europe and South America. The design for the building’s east stand was modeled after the famed “Yellow Wall” at Borussia Dortumund’s Westfalenstadion, with the lower and upper bowls combined to create a massive wall of fans. According to the club’s statement, the “hinchada” concept common in South America was also incorporated, with the stadium featuring a separate entrance and club for supporter groups, who would be able to watch the match from cantilevered, standing-room-only decks.
“I’m thrilled to unveil a stadium design worthy of our fans and community,” Sac Soccer and Entertainment Holdings managing partner Kevin Nagle said in the club statement. “When we first hired HNTB, we challenged them to design the best home pitch advantage in MLS in a way that would celebrate both Sacramento and the world’s game. Without a doubt, HNTB has delivered.”
The proposed stadium would be built in Sacramento’s Railyards district, with the club estimating that the project would cost $180 million. According to the statement, the stadium could open in time for the 2018 season, though it would only be built if Republic FC gains entry into MLS.