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Ground-making for Sacramento soccer stadium

Sacramento Republic FC have hosted a “ground-making” event at the site of their planned new stadium in California’s capital city.

Sacramento is one of 12 cities to have formally submitted a bid to become a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team.

Club chairman and CEO Kevin Nagle welcomed Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg and more than 100 business and civic leaders, as well as fans, to the ground-making event in The Railyards area of Sacramento where the stadium will be built.

The event featured construction equipment getting to work to prepare the site for the construction of the stadium, which has already gained local government approval.

This phase one of the project will set the stage for the “groundbreaking,” which is inked in for spring 2018 with actual construction of the facility.

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. Nagle said:

As the saying goes: actions speak louder than words. In that spirit, Republic FC and the people of Sacramento are making our strongest statement to date with the start of 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.

The stadium plan is projected to cost $245 million, privately financed, with initial capacity for 20,000, to expand to 22,000.

The construction project is also expected to kick off a wider redevelopment project of the area, projected to double the size of downtown Sacramento in the process.