Republic FC Reaches 10,000 Season Ticket Commitments for Major League Soccer
Major milestone speaks to unprecedented Sacramento market support for MLS expansion bid.
Sacramento, Calif., October 25, 2017 – In the latest demonstration of Sacramento’s unprecedented market support for Major League Soccer (MLS), Sacramento Republic FC (Republic FC) today announced that it has reached 10,000 commitments from Republic FC fans to buy season tickets at the MLS level should the club be granted an expansion award. The MLS Board of Governors is expected to meet in December to vote on the league’s next two expansion cities.
“We’re proud of and thankful to our fans for this incredible outpouring of support,” said Republic FC Chairman and CEO Kevin Nagle. “They represent the heart and soul of our club, our community and our pursuit for MLS. In reaching the 10,000 season ticket milestone, Republic FC fans are demonstrating once again that Sacramento is a tremendous soccer market and poised to compete at the highest levels of MLS.”
Republic FC has led the United Soccer League (USL) with record-breaking levels of fan and market support since its inaugural campaign in 2014. After establishing new USL attendance marks during its first two seasons, the club continues pacing the league in several major sales categories, including season tickets, overall attendance and sellouts.
If successful in transitioning from USL to MLS, Republic FC would not only follow in the footsteps of other successful expansion clubs like Portland and Orlando, it would enter with more existing season ticket holders than any club in the history of MLS expansion.
“This unprecedented commitment from Republic FC fans further demonstrates that Sacramento is ready, willing and able to support a Major League Soccer club,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “Sacramento’s thriving corporate economy and dedicated fan base are more than capable of supporting their teams with pride and with passion.”
Reaching the 10,000 season ticket milestone is the latest in a series of developments showcasing the strength and depth of Sacramento’s efforts to bring home a bid for MLS. In July, Republic FC announced plans to initiate the first phase of construction on a new MLS stadium prior to a formal expansion award. Last week, Republic FC announced a first-of-its-kind binding jersey sponsorship deal with UC Davis Health that was finalized prior to an MLS award.
The 10,000 commitments for MLS season tickets is predominantly comprised of existing Republic FC Season Ticket Holders, and also includes deposits for the 2018 USL season and paid deposits for the MLS waitlist. Should an MLS award be announced, Tier 1 priority seating and placement in a new MLS stadium would first be granted to existing USL season ticket holders, followed by USL partial season ticket holders in a second tier, MLS deposit holders in a third tier, and lastly new inquiries should inventory allow. The club plans to cap the number of season tickets in the new stadium to allow for stadium access to groups, such as local youth soccer clubs, and single match sales. The downtown stadium is estimated to hold approximately 20,000 seats and tickets will start at $20 per match.
Fans interested in reserving seats for Republic FC’s 2018 USL season, which provides the opportunity to secure Tier 1 priority seating for an MLS stadium, are encouraged to do so at mls.sacrepublicfc.com or by calling (916) 307-6100. A limited number of Tier 1 spots remain available for MLS season tickets.
Sacramento is currently one of 12 cities vying for four MLS expansion slots. MLS has expressed plans to determine at least two of the four expansion cities in December 2017.