Sacramento Republic FC Launches MLS Stadium Construction with “Ground-Making” Event
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento Republic FC Chairman and CEO Kevin Nagle Join Local Dignitaries and Fans to Commemorate Major Milestone for MLS Stadium Construction and Bid
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 27, 2017 – Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento Republic FC Chairman and CEO Kevin Nagle, and more than 100 local business and civic leaders and fans marked a significant step forward for the city’s MLS bid on Thursday by announcing the start of construction activities for Sacramento’s new stadium at The Railyards.
“As the saying goes: actions speak louder than words,” said Nagle. “In that spirit, Republic FC and the people of Sacramento are making our strongest statement to date with the start of MLS stadium construction at The Railyards. We believe in our fans, we believe in our stadium plan, and we believe in our destiny as an MLS city. I’m excited to reach this milestone, and know our team and our community are ready to work harder than ever to #BringItHome.”
“Sacramento is proving once again our indomitable spirit as a city that delivers,” said Mayor Steinberg. “I’m proud to stand with Kevin Nagle, Republic FC, and our entire community as we reach this historic milestone. This achievement is meaningful not only for our MLS bid, but also for the broader redevelopment of The Railyards and our city as a whole.”
Dubbed a “Ground-Making” celebration, the event launches the first of two phases in the MLS stadium construction schedule. In Phase 1, workers will complete site preparation activities, including adding and leveling additional soil onto the site to make it “pad ready” at the right elevation and specifications. Phase 1 will be completed by Spring 2018. Phase 2 will then begin in Spring 2018 with a “groundbreaking” event to launch full-scale construction activities. The current construction schedule calls for the stadium to be complete by February 2020 in time for the opening of the 2020 MLS season.
The decision to move forward with the ground-making and Phase 1 construction activities represents the latest commitment by Nagle and Republic FC to move Sacramento’s MLS bid to a winning conclusion. In addition to millions of dollars already invested in stadium predevelopment and the MLS bid, Phase 1 construction reflects an even greater investment by Nagle and Republic FC in the bid prior to the formal award of MLS expansion rights.
Current plans call for a $245M, privately-financed soccer-specific stadium that will initially seat 20,000 with the potential to expand overall capacity to 22,000. The 406,000 square foot facility will be situated on a 14.9 acre site between 8th and 10th streets and Railyards Boulevard and North B Street. Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, the MLS stadium will be located one block from a Regional Transit station, and less than a 10 minute walk from the Golden 1 Center and other downtown attractions.
The beginning of stadium construction also represents another significant milestone for the broader redevelopment of The Railyards. Led by Master Developer Larry Kelley, Downtown Railyard Ventures (DRV) is in the early stages of an ambitious $5.3 billion public-private redevelopment plan that will double the size of downtown Sacramento and add as many as 10,000 residential units, and 6.5 million square feet of commercial space. In addition to the MLS stadium, DRV expects to add additional anchor projects, including an 18-acre medical campus.
“This is a great day for both Republic FC and The Railyards as a whole, and we are excited for Sacramento’s MLS future,” Kelley said. “The stadium will be a key part of the continued transformation of downtown Sacramento into a model of urban planning and development. We celebrate today’s ‘Ground-Making’ and congratulate Kevin Nagle and Republic FC for their leadership and commitment.”
Sacramento is currently one of 12 cities vying for MLS’ next four expansion teams. MLS is expected to announce its next two expansion teams by December 2017.
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