Big step in Sacramento’s Major League Soccer bid

The Sacramento Bee

In an attempt to convince Major League Soccer that its expansion bid is far beyond the competition, the group leading Sacramento’s effort announced Thursday it is beginning pre-construction activities at the site of a 19,621-seat stadium in the downtown railyard.

Construction crews will work in the railyard for the next several weeks, adding and leveling soil to the 14.9-acre stadium site in the northeast corner of the development. The team’s goal is to complete the first phase before wet weather arrives, allowing for the soil to settle and crews to begin vertical construction in the spring. Republic FC officials compared the initial phase to the demolition of the former Downtown Plaza that made way for the eventual construction of Golden 1 Center.

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