Phoenix Rising FC will play the first match in their new stadium this weekend, just two months after construction work began on the venue.
Phoenix Rising’s new 6,000-seat, 16-acre stadium is located in Scottsdale, Arizona, across the street from Tempe Marketplace.
Phoenix is one of 12 cities invited to apply for one of two expansion Major League Soccer (MLS) teams that will begin playing in 2020.
Phoenix Rising currently plays in the USL, the second tier of American soccer.
Phoenix Rising FC COO Bobby Dulle said interest in the team and stadium was high. He said:
The numbers that we’re selling right now are off the charts. The excitement, the buzz that we’re feeling right now is great.
I can’t wait until we have a sold-out house here on Saturday night and just build on that momentum and catapult this from a 6,000-seat to a 10,000-seat (stadium), and we can do that really quickly.
We can move just as quickly to go to 25,000 seats, and the Valley’s ready for that. We need the community to come out and see this product that our ownership group has invested in, and the product that our coaching staff has put on the field, and it should be a great environment and a fun atmosphere.
Phoenix Rising is hoping to build a strong fan base in an attempt to persuade MLS to grant an expansion franchise to Phoenix.
New player signings include former Chelsea and Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and Mexican soccer star Omar Bravo.
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