The Visionary Helping Bring the Railyards Stadium to Life

Republic FC’s new home, the Railyards Stadium, is set to spark the next phase of development and change in the region. Soon to be a home for the community to celebrate and enjoy premier entertainment, the venue’s design incorporate the elements that make Sacramento special, while creating a next-generation venue to become the envy of teams around the globe.

Enter Gerardo Prado and the team at HNTB. Prado leads the sports practice for HNTB Sports Architecture, and his professional portfolio includes some of the country’s most recognizable and celebrated sports stadiums at both the professional and collegiate levels.

HNTB Sports is known for developing award-winning and transformative facilities. Regionally, HNTB served on the team that created Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento, and renovating Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, as well as partnering on the new Las Vegas Raiders project set to open this year. Some of HNTB’s finest work in college athletics includes renovations inside The Horseshoe at The Ohio State University as well as the Big House at the University of Michigan.

But Sacramento won’t be HNTB and Prado’s first foray in soccer, as the company is currently serving as the architect for Columbus Crew SC’s new stadium.

Prado, originally from Rosario, Argentina, has included a number of unique features in his vision that will only amplify the atmosphere inside the grounds. He’s emphasized canopy-level seating above a 360-degree pedestrian concourse with open-air views of downtown. Field-level seating will allow fans to feel like their part of the action while passionate supporters can find themselves in safe-standing sections with terraces hovering above.

“I can tell you without a doubt that when it opens, it’s going to be one of the most unique, exciting arenas in MLS,” Prado told the Sacramento Business Journal. “It’s going to be quite an experience.”

Excited about experiencing a Republic FC match inside that brand-new stadium? So are we! All supporters seeking more information about the development at The Railyards or those interested in placing a deposit for a seat in the new stadium for a 2022 MLS match, please visit